A field of LED lights is being used in Netherlands in a bid to improve sustainable agriculture practices. GROW – the company leading this project – claim that UV light could not only increase crop growth, but also reduce the usage of pesticides in farming.
The solar-powered LEDs are traditionally used in greenhouses and vertical farms in cities, however, there are hopes that this technology can be adapted for use in rural areas too.
Dutch innovator behind GROW, Daan Roosegaarde, dreams of expanding this technique globally with various LED ‘light recipes’ being tailored for different countries according to the crops in each nation. Sustainable food and agriculture is pivotal to achieving food security as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, and this technology could be one of the methods helping us to meet this goal.