from the Organic Food expert space

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What's Coming Up the Chain in Local Food Production Tech

What's coming up the chain in affordable local food production technology?  My eye is hard on indoor hydroponic production farming.  

Take CubicFarm Systems, for instance.  They say they are the next generation of profitable, predictable, consistent farm production, and they look like they could be.  Using a conveyor rotation method, LED lighting, and an automated nutrient delivery system, CubicFarm Systems believes its growing machines create the optimal growing environment.


CubicFarm Systems

Another contendor is aeroponics. the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium (known as geoponics).  Take Indoor Farms of America, for instance.

Indoorfarms of America says: "...growing up to 40 plants per square foot of net farm area, in any indoor space that makes practical sense with a need of just 8' ceiling height. It means it must be an easy-to-operate, functionally logical design for commercial scale use by today's workers. It must present a means of investment return that attracts growers and investment capital because it actually represents a sound ROI.  Our patented farms do this...  growing up to 40 plants per square foot of net farm area, in any indoor space that makes practical sense with a need of just 8' ceiling height. It means it must be an easy-to-operate, functionally logical design for commercial scale use by today's workers. It must present a means of investment return that attracts growers and investment capital because it actually represents a sound ROI."

Indoor aquaponics is the third contender.  Some growers say that the combination of nutrients and all natural biosphere create unparallelled taste.  A great list of aquaponic startups can be found on World of Aquaponic Startups.

 

While my own aquaponic startup, Fresh Table Farms, isn't on that list, I'm excited to say that low cost outdoor aquaponics is an econimically low cost alternative for many southern belt communities.

 

 

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