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.
State of Indoor Farming 2017
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.
A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture
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.
Workshop Report: Research and Development Potentials in Indoor Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems
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.
Comparison of Land, Water, and Energy Requirements of Lettuce Grown Using Hydroponic vs. Conventional Agricultural Methods
Arizona State University (2015) - Quantitative comparison of conventional versus hydroponic produce production using lettuce produced in the southwestern United States.
Energy Investments And CO2 Emissions For Fresh Produce Imported Into New York State Compared To The Same Crops Grown Locally
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.
Urban Agriculture in the United States: Baseline Findings of a Nationwide Survey
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.
The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City
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.
Cities and the Circular Economy for Food
Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019) - A study that describes the benefits and vision of the circular economy for food.
Hydroponic Lettuce Handbook
Cornell University - A comprehensive overview of the equipment, methods, and knowledge required to commercially produce head lettuce.
Hydroponic Spinach Handbook
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.
A Recipe For Success
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.
LumiLEDs Spectrum Research
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Highlights the effects of various light spectra on lettuce chlorophyll, carotenoid, and anthocyanin content and biomass.
Demonstration Of CEA Lettuce Production Module
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.
Arizona Leafy Greens: Economic Contributions of the Industry Cluster
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.
Developing a Center of Excellence for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) in Kennett (PA)
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.
Vacant Lots to Vibrant Plots
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.
Urban Agriculture Impacts: Social, Health, and Economic: A Literature Review
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.
The Environmental Benefits of Urban Agriculture on Unused, Impermeable and Semi-Permeable Spaces in Major Cities With a Focus on Philadelphia, PA
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.
Comparing the Profitability of a Greenhouse to a Vertical Farm in Quebec
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.
Reflections on Supporting Controlled Environment Agriculture in NYC
Cornell University Student Interns (2018) - The results of a study on Controlled Environment Agriculture in NYC, focussed on identifying the ecosystem of producers and shedding light on their current needs.