As population grows so does the demand for food. It is estimated that in approximately 32 years the world will have to feed 9.7 billion people. Henceforth, indoor farming seems like a responsible and reasonable way to reduce the impact of the growing demand for food. However, domestic greenhouses can have rather steep prices, which are impossible to afford for some people, nonetheless, shipping containers can be the solution to this problem.
Indoor farming seems to be a growing movement, and some commercial farming visionaries are joining the trend, in order to bring their produce closer to local customers, including corporate customers such as Elon Musk’s very own SpaceX.
These shipping containers are modified to host crops that are grown using LED lights instead of sunlight and a nutrient-rich water-based solution instead of soil, which allows people to grow food all year-round within the premises of their home or in another urban area they might own. The embedded sensors allow to monitor progress and adjust the environment inside the farms.
Depending on your specific needs, you can opt for a small container farm for domestic purposes or a larger one that will allow you to commercialise your crops in your community. The trend is growing so fast that a California company is set to deploy more than 100 new container farms across the country in 2018.
Shipping container architecture is an excellent way to recycle, and when done right it can further your efforts to thrive in the sustainable living field. But these new trend in architecture is more than just houses and offices. As proven by Local Roots, the company who developed TerraFarms, there are many other uses for shipping containers.
Business Insider took a tour around the facilities of a New York TerraFarm, and after seeing it, is almost impossible not to think of the endless possibilities and the impact these farms can have on our future.
This New York container farm is 320-square-foot and it took 2 weeks to build. Each one of the containers in this farm can produce up to 4,000 heads of lettuce every 10 days. Not to mention that these farms can technically grow any fruit or vegetable, even though greens are the most cost effective crop.
Many moguls from other industries are also stepping into the indoor farming territory. Kimbal Musk, –Elon Musk’s brother- co-founded a shipping container farm compound in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. The place is called Square Roots and they grow leafy greens sprout from soil-free growing beds with nutrient-rich water, using a sheet of blue and pink energy-efficient LED lights overhead to replace sunlight.
The seeds are grown in pods that mimic soil and the material of the pods varies from crop to crop. For example, baby Kahle grows in peat moss pods. Aside from the flexibility that having these container farms in urban areas can offer, they also represent the choice for more responsible self.sustainable farming since these farms can run on 99% less water than traditional farms, thanks to their water recycling systems.
Additionally, the containers can be controlled using an app that allows the owner to adjust the levels of oxygen and pH as well as the temperature inside the container, according to the crops’ requirements. They can also adjust things manually, using a console inside the container. They’ve also installed cameras above the growing trays. They use an artificial intelligence technology similar to facial-recognition and relay growing data that can be locally analysed.
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