Hack Farming Feed the World
TECHNOLOGY has come to Farming. For MILLENNIALS and for our society at large, people will live, work and find entertainment in cities/urban communities. We are commanding efficiency in every aspect of our daily lives. Responsible production of food with higher levels of MICRO-NUTRIENTS, safe and responsible WATER USAGE and the need to grow faster with higher yields are ALL part of the TECHNOLOGY of Food.
REPURPOSED city buildings, forgotten parcels and restructuring space in our city office buildings, community centers and VENUES are ALL the BINARY CODE of HACKING the farming industry and re-creating space to supply LOCAL, LIVE, HEALTHY and RESPONSIBLE food within our URBAN communities and creating a healthier GENERATION.
Independent Backed Research of Benefits of Aeroponic Growing
The University of Mississippi compared product yield of crops grown in aeroponic growing systems and in soil. Researchers found the yields of plants grown with aeroponic technology were more than 30% bigger on average. Here’s the breakdown by crop:
- Basil – 19% increase
- Chard – 8% increase
- Red kale – 65% increase
- Parsley – 21% increase
- Bell pepper – 53% increase
- Cherry tomatoes – 35% increase
- Cucumber – 7% increase
- Squash – 50% increase
On a side note, the study also measured total phenolics, flavonoids and antioxidants in the produce grown. It turns out aeroponic and soil methods yield produce with comparable nutritional value.
Plant Growth with Aeroponic System
According to NASA, plants grow up to 3x faster in aeroponic growing systems compared to in soil. Plus, yields are more consistent, and, with grow lights, year-round growing is possible. Traditional agriculture uses approximately 80% of our water. This is a serious problem, especially for western states, where water is already in short supply. The good news? NASA found that aeroponic technology uses up to 98% less water.
Commercial Farming with Aeroponic System
Another known issue with traditional growing methods is that of space. You need a lot of it. And we have less and less of it—in fact, we lose about 3,000 acres of farmland to development daily. But growing vertically requires only 10% of the space traditional farming uses.