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Vertical farming’s sky-high ambitions cut short by EU organic rules

Startups argue tough rules are blocking innovation in a sector that shares Brussels’ green goals

Anders Riemann’s indoor farm in the suburbs of Copenhagen is pesticide-free, chemical fertilizer-free, and promises not to emit any greenhouse gases into the environment.

  • Arthur Neslen
  • Politico

Indeed, his type of vertical farm — with greens stacked 14 levels deep — is often hailed as the future of food production in parts of the world where affordable farmland is scarce.

But under the EU’s strict rules, his company Nordic Harvest won’t be able to label its products as organic, which is precisely the…

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