As climate change increasingly impacts the stability of food production and distribution, where do CEA and vertical farming fit within the food security puzzle?

We spoke to Jay Desan, Co-Founder of BoomGrow, a vertical indoor farming company working to transform farming by producing clean and nutritious vegetables delivered directly to the consumer. The company specializes in producing greens that are grown and nurtured in climate controlled repurposed shipping containers to achieve the right balance of flavour, freshness and nutrition, while also delivering on affordability and sustainability.

Jay Desan, Co-Founder, BoomGrow
Jay Desan, Co-Founder, BoomGrow

Where do CEA and vertical farming fit in the food security puzzle?

“A stable, healthy and resilient food system needs to be on the forefront of all key stakeholders in order to address the issue of food security. Technology provides speed and scale, precisely where CEA and vertical farming is able to very quickly answer the demand for quality and consistency, especially in highly dense and urbanised cities. It’s important to see CEA and vertical farming as not just a key supplement for fresh produce but also as a source of better, sustainable practices that will benefit the whole market.”

With rising food prices, what does CEA offer the APAC region?

“CEA is able to offer stable and consistent quality year round which means that the market is able to weather multiple challenges, especially price fluctuation, weather conditions and supply chain issues. This is especially pertinent in APAC.”

Where quality and food safety are the unique selling point, to what level is the consumer willing to pay for that in Asia?

“Asia is fanatic about its food and increasingly, there is more interrogation on the production of food and the practices around it. Consumers are definitely interested in the impact of their food, not just on their health but the health of their planet. In that sense, they have started to vote with their wallet.”

Hear more from Jay as she joins the Indoor AgTech Track on Day 3, 2 November: ‘The State of CEA & Vertical Farming and the Road Ahead’