Posts tagged technology
Can High-Tech Indoor Agriculture Transform Local Food?

New York City is a global leader for indoor agriculture, with farms such as Farm.One, Smallhold and Gotham Greens punctuating the concrete jungle with their innovative farming systems. But as the industry continues to grow, one central point remains unclear: Are New York’s indoor farms destined to only cater to elite clients, or can they help realize a new local food future?

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Is this Space Greenhouse the solution to feeding Astronauts on their Journey to Mars?

Mars is a far more difficult challenge to survive. The red planet is an average of 158 million miles away from Earth, with a small window — just once every 26 months— to launch a relatively quick multi-month mission. Any hiccup in an infrequent supply chain of fresh air, food, and water, such as a launchpad explosion, might doom unprepared explorers. That's precisely why Sadler has for years worked with life support researchers at the University of Arizona and NASA on a crew survival system called the Mars Lunar Greenhouse.

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Enter Sensei: a new approach to hydroponics and health

A multi-trillion dollar opportunity is emerging at the convergence of food, technology and rapidly evolving consumer behaviour. While many companies are hoping to capitalize on this new market potential, Sensei, a brand new approach to marketing a hydroponic food production company, are positioning themselves in a more sophisticated industry niche than the competition. 

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An Accountant, A Farmer and A Teacher

For a city to be 'smart', it must include agriculture. This is exactly why the recent AgLanta Conference brought together professionals from far and wide to discuss the future of urban agriculture, 'smart cities', and the important integration that must take place between the two. Our society tends to be heavily siloed, but at AgLanta 2018 the walls were temporarily removed and the discussions and connections that took place were incredible. This was my experience:

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Dryponics® - How Farmers Cut lifts Indoor Vertical Farming to the next level

Indoor farming is a rapidly expanding industry with new farming technologies emerging constantly. One of the latest stand-out innovations is by German farming company Farmers Cut. Seeking to improve upon the already existing soilless growing technologies, Farmers Cut is growing plants using "Dryponics", a system that they claim allows them to be more flexible with space and able to manage resources better than the competition. 

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Why Rooftop Farming Is the Best Solution for Smart Urban Agriculture

We lose more than 50 acres of American farmland to urban development every hour. And in that same amount of time, our population grows by 240 people. Less land to grow food + more mouths to feed = big problem. But, increasingly, forward-thinking farmers are eschewing the confines of conventional agriculture and growing on what’s traditionally been considered unusable space: city rooftops.

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Reduce Labor Costs: Automate Your Farm Today

Labor is expensive. Twenty six to 40% of total production cost is dedicated to labor in indoor farming, according to Dr. Kozai and NewBean Capital. This cost often includes paying for a combination of highly skilled work (plant science) and traditional manual labor (picking, pruning, packaging, etc). By introducing automation and robotics, farmers have the opportunity to cut costs and improve efficiency. Automation also provides the opportunity to allocate time differently, spending less time on repetitive tasks and more time on improving the industry. 

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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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URBAN FARMING IS THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE

The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. New technologies are changing the equation, allowing people to grow food in places where it was previously difficult or impossible, and in quantities akin to traditional farms.

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WANT A PROFITABLE FARM? GET TO KNOW THIS DATA

Running a profitable farm is hard. Among many reasons, running a farm is difficult because variables are constantly changing. Soil moisture levels, nutrient and fertilizer needs, weather patterns, and the threat of pests are among a few of the variables that often fluctuate. This is why farming is really a numbers game. A successful farm is able to collect large amounts of data, determine what data is actually relevant, and then turn this data into insights and predictive modeling. This is what helps farmers know the current condition of crops and the best next steps.

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