Greenhouses are becoming more and more important in the global agricultural economy. They are also becoming “smarter.” According to Zion Market Research, the smart greenhouse, which is a self-regulating, climate-controlled environment suitable to plant growth, is the cornerstone of a market that is expected to reach $1.31 billion by 2022. As technology advances, greenhouses are producing crops faster and more efficiently than traditional farming methods with the clear advantage of temperature, light, humidity, and carbon dioxide control over traditional farming methods. Greenhouse crops are grown with fewer weather complications. Furthermore, greenhouses are often able to reduce the amount of chemical inputs in pesticides using screenhouse (or net-house) strategies, meeting growing market demands.
As the world faces global food shortages, greenhouses have the potential for huge impact since they can be used to effectively grow a number of crops. They can be more efficient in using land, water, and fertilizer and can reallocate man-hours spent sowing, tending and harvesting. Greenhouses can be used to extend the growing season so as to produce food year-round, developing further revenue opportunities for growers.