When the worlds largest vertical farm opens in the UK this autumn, it will help make UK produce more sustainable and locally grown. "We want consumers to be able to pick up vertically grown peppers, tomatoes or berries at their local retailer, and know that that product is sustainable and hasn't had to travel hundreds of miles to get to their plate," says Glynn Stephens, head of growing at Jones Food Company, which already grows one third of the UK's fresh basil. The new vertical farm will allow food to be grown all year, powered by 100% green energy and using 95% less water. "Consumers, retailers, government and everyone involved recognizes the importance and benefits of reducing emissions, reducing food miles, reducing pesticide use, reducing water use and generally being more sustainable in the way we grow our food," says JFC CEO James Lloyd-Jones.

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