Food deserts, lack of arable land, and the frozen months of winter are all obstacles we face in our mission to keep people fed. Urban Produce is excelling in this mission by licensing its patented indoor vertical farming technology, which can produce 16 acres of organic, leafy greens in just 1/8 acre of space.
The Urban Produce system allows microgreens and wheatgrass to be grown in large quantities indoors, no matter the changing weather patterns outside. The conveyer belt system swings plants past air, water, and nutrient distribution points, reportedly using 90 percent less water and 80 percent less added nutrients than conventional farming. Another added perk is the plants require no pesticides or herbicides, thanks to the controlled environment.
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Ed Horton, president and CEO, said in a statement, “The interest in licensing our growing technology has been encouraging and a blessing. In the past six months, we’ve had agricultural leaders from three different countries visit our facility.” Spots with highly concentrated populations, such as hotels, theme parks, and even military bases can benefit greatly from having a nearby source of fresh, organic produce. The indoor farms can employ local laborers and reduce the financial cost and environmental footprint of transporting food from far away. Space-saving, sustainable, and nutrient-dense food is the only way we can efficiently feed the people of the planet and Urban Produce hits all the right marks.
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