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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Nebraska.
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 Nebraska:
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Fresh locally grown produce is hard to come by this time of year, but one Old Market restaurant is making it easy to access.
Since Gather in Omaha opened in September, it's more than doubled the size of its indoor urban farm and now has more than sixty vertical growing towers.
This allows the restaurant to use the freshest ingredients possible — but you don’t have to dine in to enjoy it. Visitors can buy produce straight from the source.
“It’s sustainable farming at its best. Everything is community-driven. We do a CSA share with No More Empty Pots. CSA is community-supported agriculture, so it’s able to give back to the community,” said Heather Swain, farm manager at Gather in Omaha.
Its towers use 95% less water than traditional farming and the restaurant grows an assortment of herbs and greens like kale, romaine lettuce, and arugula.