The farming of the future will require new technology to provide for an ever increasing population and respond to the challenges of climate change. Indoor vertical farming is one new innovation in farming that can save space and resources while utilizing a system that mitigates the effects of climate change. Meaghan McGrath is an alumna of Ecole Bilingue (Class of 2002). Meaghan studied Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Following three years with Blue Earth Consultants in Oakland, she then completed her Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry, while also pursuing an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She currently works for Plenty, an innovative vertical farming company based in South San Francisco that is focused on growing snackbly delicious produce near consumers. Throughout her education and career, Meaghan has pursued her passion to advance sustainable food production. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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  • Gerald Croft

    It's gonna cost more, add subsidized green energy and getting approval in Cali. Lol I agree big ag is a problem. I am a mkt gardener in utah.

  • Nick king

    I spent all of my savings on equipment last year. Its incredible how much you can produce and how fast. I think im going to take it to the native reservations and teach hydroponics. Decentralized food would aleviate the logistical carbon footprint.