Posts tagged CEA
CEA: A Solution to Traditional Agricultural Problems

There are many issues with our traditional agriculture system, particularly as it relates to environmental impact. Controlled environment farming methods have the potential to significantly reduce these and many other negative impacts by using less resources and growing food closer to consumers.

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Thanks to C-LED we'll now have Italian tomatoes in winter, too

We'll soon be enjoying Italian tomatoes grown in winter--something that, until only very recently, would have been unthinkable in our latitudes. What's made it possible is the advanced technology developed by C-LED, now being supplied (for the very first time) to Fri-El GreenHouse, one of the most technologically advanced facilities in Italy located in Ostellato, in the province of Ferrara.

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Illumitex unveils new NEOPAR grow lights

LED grow lighting company, Illumitex, has just introduced their new horticulture lighting solution for indoor urban farmers: NeoPAR™. Illumitex scientists and engineers worked closely together to create a light that is all at once highly efficient, ultra-thin, and able to deliver the company's latest X6 spectrum. 

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6 PLACES WHERE SOIL-LESS FARMING IS REVOLUTIONIZING HOW WE GROW FOOD

Hydroponic systems are becoming ever more prevalent to grow food. But where, and how they are being used varies widely across the planet. From desserts right into your home, hydroponic farms are revolutionizing the way that we think about and grow food. These are the 6 key areas where this change is rapidly coming about. 

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VERTICAL FARMING FUNDING ON THE RISE IN 2017 & PREDICTIONS FOR 2022

Vertical farming is an industry with enormous potential to change the way we eat. By saving resources and producing local food, vertical farming may alleviate many of the concerns facing traditional agriculture. However, to become a thriving, sustainable industry will require funding. This means venture capitalists, angel investors, crowdfunders, and government must demonstrate enough interest to dedicate money to vertical farming ventures. Without proper funding, a future with vertical farming, and other indoor agriculture methods, will not be possible.

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LOOKING FOR A SERIOUS CRASH COURSE IN HYDROPONIC GROWING?

Growing Without Daylight”, a 10-module E-learning course led by instructors at Has University in the Netherlands, is for people currently involved or looking to get into plant production all over the world and who wish to learn more about growing in a controlled environment. The course is flexible and offered as individual modules in English, making it easy to adapt the course to suit your needs and time schedule. 

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PARIS HAS A NEW UNDERGROUND – A MASSIVE FARM FOR MUSHROOMS AND VEGGIES

La Caverne is a unique urban farm that grows mushrooms, herbs and greens beneath the streets of Paris. Located in La Chapelle neighborhood in north-central Paris, La Caverne is owned and operated by Cycloponics, a Paris-based indoor farming start-up that has focused on growing sustainable, local food and boosting local economies. 

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CONGRESSIONAL URBAN AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION ACT COULD HELP ELIMINATE URBAN FOOD DESERTS AND STRENGTHEN URBAN AG

To date, little has been done at the federal level to help bolster urban agriculture in cities across the US. But with agriculture currently on the agenda as the next Farm Bill reauthorization quickly approaches, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) introduced the Urban Agriculture Production Act in September. This bipartisan bill aims to support nutritional and farmers’ market programs and help create the next generation of local, urban farmers and food producers. 

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Move Over, Skyscrapers: This "Plantscraper" Can Feed 5,000 A Year

As populations grow and cities condense, availability of fresh produce becomes an increasingly dire issue. The concept of “plantscapers” could allow office buildings to feed thousands of people every year. 

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY: EMPOWERING FARMERS’ DECISION-MAKING

Can artificial intelligence save our food system? From precision farming to personalized nutrition, there are many potential technological applications in farming, food production, and food consumption. However, technological performances, user acceptance, and practical applications of the technology continue to pose challenges. 

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SOLAR GREENHOUSES GENERATE ELECTRICITY AND GROW CROPS AT THE SAME TIME, UC SANTA CRUZ STUDY REVEALS

In a first of it’s kind study at UC Santa Cruz, tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that “smart” greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production. 

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Viability of indoor urban agriculture is focus of research grant

Growing crops in controlled environments – in greenhouses, plant factories and in vertical farms – provides alternatives to conventional farming by producing food year-round near metropolitan areas, reducing transportation costs and water use, and improving land-use efficiency. Such local systems also offer valuable educational and psychological benefits by connecting urban people to the food they consume.

At the same time, there is little concrete evidence to show how so-called controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) compares to conventional field agriculture in terms of energy, carbon and water footprints, profitability, workforce development and scalability.

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Ikea has debuted an indoor farm that grows greens 3 times as fast as in a garden

Ikea is known for its flat-pack kitchen tables, islands, and cabinets.Now the home-furnishings retailer is experimenting with a product that would allow it to harvest salad greens in-store. Space10, Ikea's innovation lab, has designed a prototype of a mini-farm that can grow greens and herbs indoors.

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