Local Roots Eyes 100 New TerraFarms In 2018
by Leanna Garfield, Business Insider
Posted: 2017-12-26 09:00:33 EST

By 2050, the world will need to feed 9.7 billion people — 2.4 billion more than today.

A growing movement of people believes that indoor farming could be a solution to the increasing demand for food. Instead of natural sunlight, crops grow under LED lights and in a nutrient-rich water-based solution that mimics soil.

Using this technique, farmers can grow produce year-round in urban areas, monitor progress with embedded sensors, and deliver produce within hours of harvest.

A startup called Local Roots makes indoor farms, called TerraFarms,from shipping containers. The team operates the farms near its customers, which include large corporate offices (SpaceX is one of them) as well as giant distribution centers for restaurants and grocery stores.

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