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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Florida.
The water, energy, and food security nexus is a real and present problem.
Here are some highlights from the website of The Agrarian Group:
As a species, we face the most complex and deadly problems we have ever encountered. Erratic weather events caused by climate change destroy crop yields each year. Pesticides have ruined our soil and water scarcity has become a national security issue. 70% of food cost is linked to fossil fuels, and prices are only expected to rise. The average food item travels 1500 miles to reach it's destination. However, despite everything we do, 40% of all food in the United States is thrown away post-harvest.
The Agrarian Group was started as an answer to a question - How will we feed the projected 9.1 Billion people that will reside on earth in 2050? To achieve this, we need to increase our already stressed agricultural production by 70%. How do we grow better?
Agtech solutions can help solve the challenges we face.
Here is an example of Agtech Solutions in Georgia:
Not only is the growing world population requiring more food production, but many consumers are also seeking more locally-grown food from the agricultural marketplace. One way to meet the demand for locally sourced, fresh fruits and vegetables are Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA).
Georgia isn’t known for producing leafy greens, tomatoes, and other fresh vegetables on a year-round basis, but with new CEA technology in the form of greenhouse and indoor warehouse operations, this is now a reality. Georgia is home to many CEA companies such as Pure Flavor,Kalera, Pete’s, and Better Fresh Farms to name a few, and cutting-edge research regarding the latest growing techniques, lighting systems, and process automation for CEA is happening at our universities.
The Center of Innovation helps Georgia’s businesses capitalize on the challenges and opportunities in agriculture with the following services.
- Assists businesses of all sizes in overcoming internal or external challenges and pursuing new opportunities.
- Provides technical assistance by connecting businesses to research, industry information, and resources such as business loans and grants.