Coming online next year in the Seattle area.

Coming online next year in the Seattle area.

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Coming online next year in the Seattle area.

The new farm will officially start production in spring 2018. Instead of growing outdoors, Plenty grows its crops on glowing, LED-lit 20-foot-tall towers inside a former electronics distribution center in South San Francisco. The towers do not require soil, pesticides, or even natural sunlight.

The technique is called indoor vertical farming. It’s a type of agriculture in which food grows on trays or hanging modules in a climate-controlled, indoor facility. The process allows certain types of produce to be grown year-round in small spaces.

http://www.businessinsider.com/vertical-farming-company-plenty-investment-second-farm-seattle-2017-11?r=US&IR=T

28 comments

  1. This is the only way to avoid pesticides. All outdoor industrial farming should be illegal. The yield is several times greater because the environment is completely controlled.

  2. This is the only way to avoid pesticides. All outdoor industrial farming should be illegal. The yield is several times greater because the environment is completely controlled.

  3. It won’t feed 180k people. It will provide salad for 180k people.

    Indoor glasshouse production of salad crops like tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, etc is nothing new. Holland, southern UK has been doing it for decades. It’s not at all clear that solar power – > LEDs -> crops is more efficient than simply using the crops to harvest the sunlight.

    And it doesn’t work or scale for staple carb crops like potatoes, rice, wheat.

    So great, let’s experiment with indoor agriculture productivity. But please, enough with the hyperbole.

  4. It won’t feed 180k people. It will provide salad for 180k people.

    Indoor glasshouse production of salad crops like tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, etc is nothing new. Holland, southern UK has been doing it for decades. It’s not at all clear that solar power – > LEDs -> crops is more efficient than simply using the crops to harvest the sunlight.

    And it doesn’t work or scale for staple carb crops like potatoes, rice, wheat.

    So great, let’s experiment with indoor agriculture productivity. But please, enough with the hyperbole.

  5. It is nice to see this vertical farm in USA. In Japan and Holand there is some vertical farms with production levels per acre ranges from 40 to 100 times the levels on traditional farms. Avoids pesticides and can eliminate the transportation related polution from the country to the cities where the food is consumed.

    See plus.google.com – The future of Farming. High tech and indoors. Hope technology will contribute…

  6. It is nice to see this vertical farm in USA. In Japan and Holand there is some vertical farms with production levels per acre ranges from 40 to 100 times the levels on traditional farms. Avoids pesticides and can eliminate the transportation related polution from the country to the cities where the food is consumed.

    See plus.google.com – The future of Farming. High tech and indoors. Hope technology will contribute…

  7. So true Julian Bond​

    All of a sudden, I read a lot about Holland’s vertical/indoor farms but very few people know it’s only been possible because of some key aspects of Dutch history and policy. Less hype and more research will pay off eventually.

  8. So true Julian Bond​

    All of a sudden, I read a lot about Holland’s vertical/indoor farms but very few people know it’s only been possible because of some key aspects of Dutch history and policy. Less hype and more research will pay off eventually.

  9. Just because they’re not starchy enough to make the kind of bread, pasta, and rice you like, doesn’t mean they’re not carbs

  10. Just because they’re not starchy enough to make the kind of bread, pasta, and rice you like, doesn’t mean they’re not carbs

  11. Sharleen Shanley Man cannot live on lettuce alone. Peas and beans, right?

  12. Sharleen Shanley Man cannot live on lettuce alone. Peas and beans, right?

  13. I’m not really sure why noone has done staple crops yet, doesn’t seem that much more difficult.

  14. I’m not really sure why noone has done staple crops yet, doesn’t seem that much more difficult.

  15. Pan Darius Kairos Root crops are a bitch to grow straight forward in most op the “ponics” I’ve tried/seen. Yield is way lower than in soil while the investment is way higher.

  16. Pan Darius Kairos Root crops are a bitch to grow straight forward in most op the “ponics” I’ve tried/seen. Yield is way lower than in soil while the investment is way higher.

  17. But you also get a non-stop grow cycle.

  18. But you also get a non-stop grow cycle.

  19. That’s always part of the equation. As long as you can keep the crops growing vegetatively, you can keep the grow cycle growing.

    From my point of view, these articles paint a bit too rosy picture (maybe trying to raise investors). A lot more solution based research is needed to lift vertical farms to the level of feeding a population. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid practitioner but also something of a realist.

  20. That’s always part of the equation. As long as you can keep the crops growing vegetatively, you can keep the grow cycle growing.

    From my point of view, these articles paint a bit too rosy picture (maybe trying to raise investors). A lot more solution based research is needed to lift vertical farms to the level of feeding a population. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid practitioner but also something of a realist.

  21. I think the breakthroughs are inevitable as long as people keep plugging away at it.

  22. I think the breakthroughs are inevitable as long as people keep plugging away at it.

  23. Yes, because bread and pasta and rice are what we need more of in developed countries…

  24. Yes, because bread and pasta and rice are what we need more of in developed countries…

  25. Vertical/indoor farming + in-vitro meat = end of food scarcity (and a lot more environmentally sound).

  26. Vertical/indoor farming + in-vitro meat = end of food scarcity (and a lot more environmentally sound).

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