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AgFunder (2017) - This report catalogs the increasing VC investment in FoodTech and AgTech startups. Start ups are capturing the majority of media attention in the industry and this report seeks to quantify these growing investments.
Agrilyst (2017) - Yearly report generated on the progress and challenges of the CEA industry. A good primer for anyone looking to become familiar with the industry.
American Geophysical Union (2018) - A first of its kind paper that uses a macro-framework incorporating Google Earth Engine to assess the potential net global impacts of Urban Agriculture for key ecosystem services, including food security, nitrogen and carbon sequestration, and stormwater runoff.
United States Department of Agriculture (2019) - Takeaways from a 2-day workshop on CEA and Indoor Agriculture that presents the challenges, needs, and opportunities around six major themes: community services, economics, ecosystem services, plant breeding, pest management, and systems engineering.
Arizona State University (2015) - Quantitative comparison of conventional versus hydroponic produce production using lettuce produced in the southwestern United States.
Cornell University, 2008 - A thorough study of the energy required to grow and ship selected types of fresh produce into New York State from open-field production outside the state, contrasted with production in CEA facilities in New York State, and with open field production in the state.
ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture (2016) - An assessment of the information gathered in a 2013 national study of urban farms. Includes detailed information on production practices, sales and marketing practices, and the challenges and training needs of U.S. urban farms.
Columbia University’s Earth Institute (2012) - A comprehensive study of both the potential for urban agriculture in NYC and the potential benefits of urban agriculture for NYC.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019) - A study that describes the benefits and vision of the circular economy for food.
Cornell University - A comprehensive overview of the equipment, methods, and knowledge required to commercially produce head lettuce.
Cornell University - A comprehensive overview of the equipment, methods, and knowledge required to commercially produce spinach. Special attention is given to managing the ubiquitous water-borne disease Pythium.
Cornell University - A comprehensive overview of creating stock nutrient solutions and the considerations that must be taken to ensure precipitates do not form. Prepared by Dr. Neil Mattson, a leading expert on hydroponic production systems.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Highlights the effects of various light spectra on lettuce chlorophyll, carotenoid, and anthocyanin content and biomass.
Cornell University (2002) - This production scenario from a greenhouse at Cornell provides sample yield figures and also address common challenges in growing lettuce for commercial sale.
University of Arizona (2015) - Provides yield and supply chain figures for Arizona and California leafy green production. Production shifts seasonally between California’s Central Valley and western Arizona, with each region shipping over a billion pounds of leafy greens during their respective peaks.
Eric Stein (2017) - Feasibility study for the creation of a Center of Excellence in the greater Philadelphia area to serve as a hub for research, advocacy and innovation for the indoor farming industry.
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (2016) - An extensive literature review of academic and grey literature on the benefits of various types of urban agriculture, with a focus on community gardening.
Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis (2013) - A literature review of the social, health and economic impacts of urban agriculture that also seeks to identify current trends, efforts, and gaps in the research.
University of Pennsylvania (2012) - A dissertation that assesses the environmental impact of urban community gardens, including their ability to reduce stormwater runoff, mitigate heat island effect and improve air quality.
Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (2017) - An academic report on the results of a detailed simulation of the profitability of growing lettuce in a VF and in a GH located near Quebec City. Assesses the costs and profitability of each operation type.