AeroFarms' headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, is a former steel factory that's been converted into the world's largest vertical farm. Throughout the 6,410m2 of growing space, plant beds are stacked on top of each other in 12 layers between floor and ceiling. LEDs provide lighting and the roots of leafy greens, herbs and salads are kept nourished using an "aeroponic" mist claimed to use 95 per cent less water than outdoor agriculture.
"This is game-changing in terms of productivity," explains Marc Oshima, AeroFarms' co-founder. "We can take the same seed that might take 30-35 days to grow outside, and it will have a 12-16 day crop cycle in our system, so we can have 20 crop cycles a year."
AeroFarms' agricultural optimisation relies on algorithms that continually monitor nutrients and lighting at different points in the plants' growth cycles. By optimising light wavelengths and the nutrient-filled mist, operators can endow plants with different tastes, textures, colours and yield. "For example, we can make watercress spicier and lettuce sweeter," he says.
“Our mission is to build farms in cities all over the world,” Rosenberg recently told The Huffington Post. “We are very much building the infrastructure not to build one, two or three farms but to build 20, 30 or 50 farms.”
Indoors farming has long been touted as a way to address two major problems. The first is macro-level and lofty: How will we, the Earth’s 7.4 billion (and counting) humans, go about feeding ourselves in a changing world? The second is more immediate: How do you get fresh, healthy produce to people in urban food deserts, where diet-related conditions like diabetes and obesity run rampant?
The answers to those questions could be a gold mine. By 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to between 9 billion and 10 billion people. Those numbers, coupled with income growth across the world, could result in more than a 70 percent increase in demand for food by that year, according to a report by the World Bank. Making matters worse, the unpredictable and increasingly extreme weather, droughts and flooding that come of climate change are expected to grow more intense in the coming decades, as greenhouse gas emissions continue to warm the planet.
The flagship facility, in partnership with RBH, Prudential and Goldman Sachs, will be able to produce 900,000kg of vegetables -- which will be distributed to local buyers -- annually when it reaches full capacity, predicted for midway through 2016.
From savory yogurt and coffee fruit infusions, to switchel – apple cider vinegar-based concoctions that offer a modern twist on a centuries-old tradition - Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) highlights 10 culinary trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and foodservice menus in 2016.
Top Brewer is a latte machine with an app. Hailing from Denmark, the product looks like a sleek curved faucet, but can spit out lattes and cappuccinos with just the right amount of froth. Users control coffee v. milk content via their phones. Maker Scanomat developed the technology and also roasts the beans. Price tag: $11,000
Enhancing the drinking experience to be more multifaceted, brands and consumers are modifying beverages to highlight spicy flavors for an enhanced experience that satisfies a desire for exotic inspiration. Designed to be relaxing, but also exhilarating, the fiery flavor notes provide a sensory experience and marks a shift from traditional choices to consumers with more developed palates.
Dawn Farms has unveiled the top weird world food trends. 1, It would appear that Subway in the US are bang on trend with their millennial consumer base following launch of trendy Thai sriracha hot sauce in two new sub ...
The future of food is about authenticity and relevance – traceability of supply chains, natural and organic ingredients, convenient and well designed packaging, and fantastic, inspiring taste Caterpillars, seaweed and iPods Splash out on dinner at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant, and you might find an iPod accompanies your seafood risotto. Sounds of the sea enhance the perceived …
In November 2015, Borough Market and Nesta collaborated on an event to explore the future of the urban food market. The themes that emerged reflected common concerns about the future of our food and cities.
The world is headed “down a dangerous path” with disruption of the food system possible within a decade as climate change undermines the ability of nations to feed themselves, according to a senior World Bank official.
More than half of restaurants now have a mobile site and nearly 30% have a mobile app, according to research. Restaurants have also put even more emphasis on social outreach, loyalty programs and location-based marketing.
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