Added by on 2016-08-07

Watch the next episode about San Francisco becoming a zero waste city: As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that’s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms grows a variety of leafy salad greens using a process called “aeroponics,” which relies on air and mist. AeroFarms’ crops are grown entirely indoors using a reusable cloth medium made from recycled plastics. In the absence of sun exposure, the company uses LED lights that expose plants to only certain types of spectrum. AeroFarms claims it uses 95% less water than a traditional farm thanks to its specially designed root misting system. And it is now building out a new 70,000 square foot facility in a former steel mill. Once completed, it’s expected to grow 2 million pounds of greens per year, making it the largest indoor vertical farm in the world. For more on AeroFarms: Join the Seeker community! Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: Tumblr: App – iOS App – Android Related PostsThis Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less WaterWorld’s largest indoor vertical farm uses 95 percent less water and produces more foodLargest indoor vertical farm uses 95 percent less water and produces more per square feet -TomoNewsLargest indoor vertical farm uses less water and produces moreWorld’s Biggest Indoor Vertical Farm Near NYC to Use 95% Less WaterIs this the Farm of the Future?

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  • StarMonkies 1 year ago

    Would this affect the nutritional value of plants? Given that soil a source of nutrients

  • ??????????愛 1 year ago

    Yay Ppl are now starting to care about the planet :3

  • Yatin Mondkar 1 year ago

    I support this endeavor, but I want to point out a very important mistake/falsehood. The claim that the CEO Rosenberg made about his company's method of farming "reduces their energy footprint," is patently false. Plants grown using any artificial light, including light that uses only certain wavelengths of the light spectrum, will technically will have a greater energy footprint than any plant grown with natural sunlight. If electricity is being used, than that automatically makes you less energy efficient than using a giant source of free energy called the sun.

    There are vertical farming methods that have the same benefits as AeroFarms method in terms of water usage and are pesticide free but don't use electricity and instead use sunlight to grow their crops.

  • rcacad 1 year ago

    I see nature vs nurture. You nurture the human idea and get fed. Nature is void, on autopilot unabridgged. The overunity can be harnessed. I think this equasion is technology vs nature. Technology not equal to nature BUT as a result of. Moral of the story? Dont smoke ciggarettes.

  • Jonathan Foxworth 1 year ago


  • LittleBigKayCey 1 year ago

    Dickson is on TWIV all the time, and I'm glad his name was mentioned! I really like this idea, we already caused so much damage and this could help the food chain, but also environment, reduce famine, and help economies!

  • ManicMindTrick 1 year ago

    Growing things under the sun is still a lot more environmentally friendly as the electricity consumption for running the LED lamps and what looked like ordinary T5HO bulbs plus the fans will be rather high. Unless you are stacking solar panels on the roof which changes everything. With such a high energy consumption I'm not sure a roof alone is sufficient coverage area for the entire operations need for electricity.

  • 16patie 1 year ago

    Who wants to pay 20 dollars for a coliflower?

  • Rozlyn Cross 1 year ago

    I don't like this unnatural process of growing without soil and less water… At best, this procedure is creepy…

  • Dumy Jobby 1 year ago

    this is great for the vegetables but what about the very important crops like wheat and corn?

  • Ms Visio 1 year ago

    Weed was grown like this since 1980's. You need a lot of catching up to do. For updates on latest technologies contact your local weed dealer.

  • Joe And Brandy Sumerlin 1 year ago

    i do believe this is the way of the future in agriculture

  • UR A NOOB! ! 1 year ago

    How about aquaponics

  • Emily Jelassi 1 year ago

    so cool! great idea :)

  • Abydos_77 1 year ago

    This will definitely help and i think its an absolutely excellent idea and needs to be implements worldwide. However people are people, they will demand variety or look else where. I'm not sure if its possible and what the logistics would be, but can larger crops/vegetables be grown in this manner? Such as potatoes, wheat, rice, corn, beans, pumpkins etc. If so then awesome.

    What could be even better is powering it via solar, wind or tidal energy etc as well as having is connected to desalination plants. That way its completely self sufficient energy wise, as well as having year round unlimited fresh water that wouldn't be affected by droughts.

  • bartsshorts 1 year ago

    i miss the days when we used to just bucket our piss out the window.

  • Bruce Angel 1 year ago

    I'm sure this will be the thing as we move forward. I can see one in every community. Changing peoples perceptions of what's good to eat along the way.

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  • Mitch Powers 1 year ago

    Love these new innovations in reducing our worlds carbon pollutants!