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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Missouri.
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 Missouri:
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A 150,000 square foot indoor vertical farm is coming to St. Louis. AeroFarms announced the expansion as part of a project with the World Wildlife Fund and St. Louis Controlled Environment Agriculture Coalition. This will be the company’s largest project to date.
The Greater St. Louis area was chosen because of the central location to Midwestern retailers with relationships with AeroFarms. The region is also known for agricultural technology with more than 14,500 people working in bioscience. This is one of the highest concentrations in the world.
The farm will grow leafy green vegetables and is expected to generate yields 390 times more productive than a traditional farm, using 95 percent less water and zero pesticides. They will be available at Walmart, Whole Foods Market, ShopRite, Amazon Fresh, FreshDirect, and Baldor Specialty Foods.
The specific crop and the location of the vertical farm was not mentioned in today’s announcement.