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World’s largest vertical farm opens this year

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Vertical farming is typically done in tall buildings with lots of sunlight. A new 21,031-square-metre vertical farm going to open soon in Newark, New Jersey
this year, and is expected to grow close to a million kilograms of
pesticide-free produce on a yearly basis.
It is made out of an old steel factory and the farm will not only be 75 times more productive than a farm of a
similar size spread across a flat, open field, but it requires far less
to run. The farm also uses recyclable materials, and a lighting system that
conserves energy by facilitating more efficient photosynthesis.
Its an AeroFarms build, which is a
US-based company intent on creating more environmentally friendly
farming solutions, it requires zero soil, 95 percent less
water than traditional farms, and because it’s pesticide-free, doesn’t
cause any harmful run-off to the environment surrounding it.
“Plants
rooted in reusable microfleece cloth and stacked in modular planters
will be sprayed by a nutrient mist and illuminated by LED lights. … The
company is ‘targeting specific wavelengths of light for more efficient
photosynthesis and less energy consumption. LEDs can also be placed much
closer to the plants, enabling greater vertical growing for even
greater productivity per square foot’.”

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The farm will also use an ‘aeroponic mist‘, which is packed with nutrients and oxygen so the plants don’t suffer from being indoors all the time. This mist has all the nutrients of soil, except the plants don’t need to
fish through the waste to get at them, so the theory is that they’ll
grow more robust more quickly.
According to Dan Nosowitz at Modern Farmer,
AeroFarms says it will achieve a full crop cycle – so, seed to harvest –
in just 16 days. The farm’s been tipped to open this year, so we’ll
soon see if the farm will live up to its promises. I sure hope so. We
need better food production solutions, and traditional farming is
becoming more and more ill-suited to our progressively resource-poor
world.

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