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LED Lights & Fresh Greens

Touch the Soil News #422 Quartz News reports that New Jersey-based AeroFarms is shipping arugula, kale and spinach from a farm inside a former Newark nightclub to grocery shelves at the same price as Earthbound – one of the largest organic farms in California. AeroFarms is just putting the finishing touches on what will be the world’s largest vertical farm (feature photo courtesy of AeroFarms – http://aerofarms.com/ Growing food indoors has been an economic challenge, considering the costs of buildings, growing platforms, heating and lights – LED lights to be specific. LED lights represent one of the biggest costs for indoor farming enterprises. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy released…

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Tokyo – a city of 14 million – Attracts Indoor Robotic Lettuce Farm

Touch the Soil News #205 Recently, Fast Coexist reported on a massive indoor farm in the works in Japan. The farming company “SPREAD” already raises lettuce and supplies some 2,000 stores around Tokyo. The new indoor farm seeks to cut labor through automation and produce food locally for a nation that must import 60 percent of its food. California Lettuce Field – Will high tech start encroaching on traditional soil farming? (photo courtesy of NRCS) Fast Coexist Journalist Adele Peters reports on the plans. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise them and automatically carry the heads to a packing line where they are readied for local grocery stores.…

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