This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

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As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that’s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms grows a variety of leafy salad greens using a process called “aeroponics,” which relies on air and mist. AeroFarms’ crops are grown entirely indoors using a reusable cloth medium made from recycled plastics. In the absence of sun exposure, the company uses LED lights that expose plants to only certain types of spectrum. AeroFarms claims it uses 95% less water than a traditional farm thanks to its specially designed root misting system. And it is now building out a new 70,000 square foot facility in a former steel mill. Once completed, it’s expected to grow 2 million pounds of greens per year, making it the largest indoor vertical farm in the world.

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18 Responses

  1. Gzmn says:


  2. Jazzy Mae's Adventures says:

    Um wait by using lights… You’re using electricity

  3. Lolzgaming HD says:

    our future is looking bright

  4. Monster Massive says:

    On the surface, this is as innovative an idea can get, only it’s fruition
    into a reality is something more, what does the future have in store for

  5. George Oldsport says:

    food grown in soil taste better.

  6. Nek Z says:

    wow this sounds amazing, now we’ll be eating vegetable grown out of
    chemical in plastic and made without sun. This is going to make us all
    strong and cancer free.

  7. canonhf100 says:

    hey, only the rich can afford to pay the prices for these crops….that’s a
    good thing ’cause this might cause the price of the ‘normally grown’ crops
    to drop so we poor folks could still afford to buy those. the rich win, the
    poor win…..sweet!

  8. Angel Gutierrez says:

    Could the US government fund this instead of funding millions of dollars a
    year to the corn industry?

  9. MsLalaUsagi says:

    Ok, hope for humanity has officially been restored.

  10. Michael Hoshall says:

    This video makes me veeeeeery happy!!

  11. Esther Roll says:


  12. Kristi B says:

    use solar panels or something for electricity, then it’d be pretty much
    zero impact

  13. branden mathieson says:

    What if we used solar energy to power the LED lights instead?

  14. RacingTurtleFilms says:

    +1 for Science!

  15. KatzGoMeow says:

    There’ll probably be an article three years later about how the LED lights
    cause cancer.

  16. Steven Campbell says:

    Wow, this is so wrong. Plants are suppose to grow in natural soil, rain,
    and with the Lord’s most precious resource the sun. All those machines and
    artificial lights only create Frankenstein food.

  17. nerddudey says:

    please send this to africa and poor countries in the middle east to feed
    the poor and hungry and over populated. thanks

  18. Spaceman Spiff says:

    Such a cool idea, and if we basically used the current agriculture land was
    used for renewable energy, it would be pretty amazing.

    Does it work with larger, tree based foodstuffs, such as apples?