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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes New York
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 New York:
America’s new agricultural frontier: vertical farms
The asphalt-covered industrial park on the marshlands between Newark, New Jersey, and Manhattan looks like a promising place to grow cracked pavement or broken glass. Yet something more appetising is sprouting inside one of its warehouses: strawberries. Amid the persistent thrum of air conditioning units and beneath the glow of fluorescent lights, berries of exquisite flavour are on display alongside trays of aromatic leafy greens. They are monitored by an array of machines and laptop-toting technicians clad in white jumpsuits, who occasionally speak of “dialling in” certain “flavour profiles” or “optimising” yield. As a scene of nature being mastered by technology, it is both impressive and a bit unsettling. Think Jurassic Park.
“You’re standing in the future,” says Irving Fain, the mastermind of the operation.
Fain is the founder and chief executive of Bowery Farming, a leader among a nascent crop of companies trying to revolutionise the world’s food supply through vertical farming. That is, growing fruits and vegetables in tightly controlled, indoor environments that use automation, cutting-edge plant science and vast amounts of data processing. After years of laboratory testing, Bowery and others are now racing to scale up commercial production and beat competitors to a dominant share of what they are convinced will be a vast market.