On October 16, the United Nations celebrates World Food Day, calling for collective action to improve our food systems. This year’s theme, “Our actions are our future – Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life” urges transformation of food production and consumption. Several investments in Mercy Investment Services’ Environmental Solutions Fund dedicated to sustainable agriculture work toward this goal.
AeroFarms and Living Greens Farms are vertical, aeroponic farming operations in which Mercy invests. Vertical farming uses 95 percent less water than traditional farming, no herbicides or pesticides, and less land. In addition to reducing water pollution, CO2 emissions, and other negative impacts on local ecosystems, the farms grow produce in regions that typically require long-haul transport, reducing the produce’s carbon footprint. The indoor growing environment is protected from extreme temperatures and weather events, preserving the food supply. Watch these short videos to learn more about how the farms work and the benefits of vertical farming:
Mercy Investment Services’ investments in these and other projects through the Environmental Solutions Fund are helping to create sustainable solutions that protect people and planet. Learn more online.