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World’s First Post-Organic Produce’ Grows at this Vertical Farm:

http://www.ecowatch.com/post-organic-vertical-farm-2292762534.html EcoWatch: Lorraine Chow – “Vertical Farming”: …Fain listed several other advantages to the Bowery system: 0 pesticides – Our controlled indoor environment allows us to grow the purest produce imaginable, with absolutely no pesticides or chemicals. Bowery produce is so clean, you don’t even have to wash it. 95% less water – We give our crops exactly what they need and nothing more. Nutrients get precisely delivered via purified water—not a single drop is wasted along the way. 100x+ more productive – By planting in vertical rows and growing twice as fast as traditional agriculture, our farms can be more more productive on the same footprint of land compared with traditional farms. 365 days a year – Growing indoors with LED lights that mimic the full spectrum of the sun means we can grow independent of seasonality or weather conditions. In the future, this will mean perfect, local produce available in New York and other cities in the dead of winter. Same day harvest to store – Because our farms are located close to the communities they serve, Bowery produce reaches stores and restaurants within one day—unlike traditional produce, which can take weeks or even months. According to FoodTank, more than 80 types of crops are currently being grown at the company’s farm. The Bowery team believes its model can help address the food needs of the planet’s rapidly growing population, which is estimated to balloon to 9-10 billion people by 2050. By then we will need up to 70 percent more food to feed all those mouths. Fain also pointed out that today’s agricultural system has wreaked havoc on the environment and drained precious resources. “Today our nation depends on cheap, mass-produced food, sacrificing quality for quantity at the expense of our health and the environment,” he wrote. “Agriculture now consumes 70 percent of the world’s accessible water and 700 million pounds of pesticides are used in the U.S. alone each year.” Another reason that operations like Bowery are important is that the world’s population is increasingly urban. Today, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and will grow to 66 percent by 2050. With its location in Kearny, Bowery is less than 10 miles away from New York City, meaning produce can be plucked and packaged and on its way to the Big Apple in a day. “We have to re-think what agriculture looks like in a world where water is scarce, people live in cities, and we’re waking up to the dangers of pesticides and other chemicals in our food,” Fain wrote. “If we can marry the honesty, quality, and precision of the best small providers with the scale of modern agricultural operations, we can change our food system for the better.”

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