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Would You Borrow $200 million to Build Vertical Farms in China?

Touch the Soil News #919 (Feature photo – Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Start-up company Plenty Farms (San Francisco, California) wants to build a new food chain – large indoor vertical farms near all major cities around the world. So far they have taken on $200 million in venture capital money led by Softbank from Japan. Certainly, mainstream farming is expensive in terms of production and shipping – but then so are large high-tech buildings near big cities. Plenty plans to make it work by removing waste from almost every step in the supply chain, build facilities near large population centers and be frugal about use of natural…

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Are You a Grower or a Tech Company?

Touch the Soil News #892 (Feature photo – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Vertical agriculture – with all the bells and whistles as relates to lighting, temperature, moisture and robotics is pushing the limits. There are individual companies trying to leverage their own intellectual innovations, and then there are companies that try to leverage what is going on in the industry as a whole. Welcome Urban Crop Solutions – headquartered in Brussels, Belgium with an office in Florida, USA. Urban Crop Solutions has geared up to bring food production technology to you. Whether it is a converted shipping container or a large building, they are prepared to create over 30 acres…

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