AeroFarms has put $30 m into a dark-green revolution that seeks to produce more harvests in less room, but whether its economically viable is an open question
An ambitious, almost fantastical, manifestation of agricultural technology is expected to come to fruition this autumn. From the remains of an abandoned steel mill in Newark, New Jersey, the creators of AeroFarms are constructing what they say is likely to be the largest horizontal farm, developing two million pounds of leafy light-greens a year.
Whether it even qualifies as a farm is subject to savor. The light-greens will be manufactured employing a technology called aeroponics, a technique in which harvests are grown in horizontal stacks of plant couches, without clay, sunlight or water.
I devour some of the arugula here, articulated New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after a recent inspect to a smaller AeroFarms facility in the neighborhood. It savours fabulous. No dressing necessary.
The farm, built in the economically depressed New Jersey city promises different jobs, millions of dollars in public-private investment, and an array of locally grown leafy light-greens for sale. The corporation has spent some $30 m to bring to actuality a brand-new spawn of dark-green agriculture that seeks to produce more harvests in less room while also reducing environmental damage, even if it signifies totally divorcing food production from the natural ecosystem.
AeroFarms and other corporations developing similar controlled developing climates claim to be transforming agriculture. Supporters of horizontal agriculture call it the Third Green Revolution, analogizing the developments to Apple and Tesla. They tout the opportunities offered by these technologies to address food shortages as “the worlds population” continues to rise.
AeroFarms touts their products as free of pesticides and fertilizer, an property that investors belief will attract customers who buy organic produce. We emphatically see the need for healthy meat in the locals and Newark in particular, articulated Lata Reddy, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Prudential Financial, one of potential investors in development projects.