About The Speaker
Christine Zimmermann-Loessl, M.A., holds degrees in Political Science, Sinology and Philosophy from Munich University. Upon graduating, Christine worked as a project manager specialising in risk analysis and crisis management. She then founded the Asia Network Information Center, combining her talents for project management, research and entrepreneurship. Later on, as the representative for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in China, she took on various roles, including director of the German-Chinese Management Institute. During her time in China, she gained vast experience in the fields of environmental protection, poverty alleviation, and female empowerment. After becoming inspired by her son's interest in vertical farming, Christine got involved in the industry. In 2013, she used all of her experience and networking skills to co-found, with a group of like-minded young people, the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF); since then she has held the role of acting chairwoman of AVF . “Through AVF we are raising awareness and building a network of like-minded people for the implementation of Vertical Farming around the world."
A new future for food production
Vertical farming is most commonly associated with urban farm production systems, as these can easily be integrated into urban landscapes, reducing the length of supply chains. However, this style of production may also have the potential to benefit general agricultural production outside of urban situations. Using controlled environments, crops can be cultivated which may otherwise be unsuited to world climates, as well reducing reliance on overseas supply chains. This lecture followed by a round table moderated by Christine Zimmermann-Loessl, chairwoman of Association of Vertical Farming will present several influential speakers of how Vertical Farming allows for faster, more controlled production, irrespective of season. One acre of Vertical Farming can provide the produce equivalente to between 10-20 acres of conventional production. This system offers a model to enable greater future food security, as production through such controlled systems is not vulnerable to variability of factors such as climate or pests and pathogens. Furthermore, a vertical farm can take advantage of low value land otherwise unavailable for food production and may offer the stable model needed for future food production, to provide for the 3 billion increase in population predicted by 2050.