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This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water



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As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that’s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms grows a variety of leafy salad greens using a process called “aeroponics,” which relies on air and mist. AeroFarms’ crops are grown entirely indoors using a reusable cloth medium made from recycled plastics. In the absence of sun exposure, the company uses LED lights that expose plants to only certain types of spectrum. AeroFarms claims it uses 95% less water than a traditional farm thanks to its specially designed root misting system. And it is now building out a new 70,000 square foot facility in a former steel mill. Once completed, it’s expected to grow 2 million pounds of greens per year, making it the largest indoor vertical farm in the world.

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Comments (50)

  1. Is that Lisa Ling's voice? Cool.

  2. So much for Monsanto and draining the aquifers

  3. This is more like it. Keep it up people.

  4. This gives me a bit of hope

  5. automated hydroponic farming in tall food towers could be result in free food once the building is paid off.

  6. Does anyone know what cloth medium you need for the plants to grow on?

  7. Indoor farming is always depicted with leafy vegetables. We can't live off of lettuce. Sometimes you see vine plants like peppers and tomatoes. Are there indoor farms growing broccoli, carrots, cauliflower etc? I expect it can be done, but is not economically viable. What barriers have to be overcome to do this?

  8. 1000% yes need them in every city town and village including every continent

  9. For trendy baby kale spinach chard sure, it works. Now try growing wheat or rice or beans on the scale that would feed millions on that recycled plastic cloth.

  10. Yeah The era of vertical farms has arrived. We are getting higher and higher requirements in selecting lamps. Now it is the age of technology. Everything is already smart. Our lights are becoming more and more intelligent. You can imagine using mobile phones. Adjust the brightness and spectrum of the lamp? This is the new product we are pursuing.

  11. This farm of the future doesn't make money because it doesn't use sunlight. People running much simpler facilities are making money with hydroponics.

  12. Increase the tate of cancer?

  13. 엽채류중 작은 작물들은 가능하나 재배비용이 많이 들것같네요 그런데 컴트레일로 오염된 하늘에서 내려오는 빗물보다는 안전할것 같네요

  14. Conspicuously missing are energy consumption costs. Seems like a lot of electricity.

  15. Ok but no one lives off of leafy greans. Wouldn't it just be a better idea to have more government subsidies for small, local agriculture?

  16. Vertical farming and solar energy good idea

  17. you dumb idiots, vertical farming is the most ineffiecient way of farming ever.

  18. As long as no plant diseases get hold. Fungi, nematodes, bacteria and viruses can spread incredibly fast in these otherwise sterile situations.

  19. Without sun this food is not edible

  20. These pesticide drenched franken vegetables are grown in a substrate that's so far removed from nature that they become low in nutrients and minerals.
    Bad news!

  21. It seems in this method only leafy greens can be grown.what about the plants which will grow in height ang produce Veggies.

  22. Are you listening to the plants? They are singing 2billion humans and all problems solve

  23. Uses no soil but tons of plastic (recycled but plastic) and electric energy.

  24. Stupid Concept daa வெண்ணெய்களா

  25. my god – no sunlight, no soil – no thank you 🙁 stop population growth and grow your food naturally – finished.

  26. And 80% vitamin and minerals in less !

  27. i don' think you can plant wheat or rape. salad don't have much calories.

  28. Chemical junk !!!!. . . . why not just drink the chemicals instead of wasting time growing this junk anyway ?????
    Fits in with 5 G !!!

  29. What happen if one worker goes mad and poison the plants??? OMG

  30. People are starving on this planet not mars to the people who think this’ll be good to grow food on mars please

  31. Well, I feel that this is a pretty good idea but plants are meant to grow under the sunlight and under natural conditions. Honestly,instead of saving water this way water could be more effciently saved by people at homes,workplace and other places visited by us instead of worrying about water being wasted by agriculture done the usual way. However other than that this auctually has a lot of other benefits too like helping to improve the amount of food produced due to the increasing demand for food as a result of increasing affluence and population!!

  32. wouldn't the cost be higher ?

  33. This is some high tech Minecraft auto farms

  34. What about wheat grain rice

  35. What about rice, wheat, maize or sugarcane… Can it be grown

  36. Two things “ grown in plastic cloth” and (((Rosenberg))) ✡️

  37. My dude, this is 2019, we are sending you a message…

    FUCKING HELP US

  38. Why not also use arrays of mirrors to reduce the needed power

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