Labor Necessities in Indoor Agriculture – Urban Ag Information

The Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (Urban Agriculture Lab) is collaborating on a webinar on labor necessities in indoor agriculture. The webinar shall be led by Dr. Simone Valle de Souza, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.

The indoor agriculture (IA) provides an environmentally sustainable different to small or large-scale leafy inexperienced manufacturing, even in areas with much less favorable climates, utilizing considerably much less water and land sources, little, if any, pesticides, and offering year-round contemporary produce to city dwellers. Although the idea isn’t new, solely just lately related know-how has achieved financial feasibility enabling the trade to develop at a quick tempo. However, whereas vital efforts have been made in direction of growing rising techniques involving farmers, engineers and plant scientists, little has been produced when it comes to social and financial evaluation of IA. By encompassing all features of the meals worth chain levels from manufacturing, via harvesting, packaging, distribution, and retailing, these city indoor farms have the power to generate a variety of jobs in city areas.

This presentation will demonstrates the trade’s employment capability by exhibiting preliminary outcomes obtained from an internationally distributed greenhouse and indoor farm labor survey. We may also invite you to take part within the section 2 of this survey. Final outcomes shall be used to establish and estimate social and financial influence of city indoor farms.

Dr. Simone Valle de Souza

Dr. Simone Valle de Souza is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Her work incorporates financial evaluation of the interactions between the event of sustainable meals manufacturing techniques and client preferences. Her analysis seeks to supply a mapping of the trade-offs between inputs and outputs inside an agricultural manufacturing system to advertise trade improvement, environmental sustainability and enhance area people improvement in addition to foster entry to prime quality contemporary meals.