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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Iowa.
The water, energy, and food security nexus is a real and present problem.
Here are some highlights from the website of The Agrarian Group:
As a species, we face the most complex and deadly problems we have ever encountered. Erratic weather events caused by climate change destroy crop yields each year. Pesticides have ruined our soil and water scarcity has become a national security issue. 70% of food cost is linked to fossil fuels, and prices are only expected to rise. The average food item travels 1500 miles to reach it's destination. However, despite everything we do, 40% of all food in the United States is thrown away post-harvest.
The Agrarian Group was started as an answer to a question - How will we feed the projected 9.1 Billion people that will reside on earth in 2050? To achieve this, we need to increase our already stressed agricultural production by 70%. How do we grow better?
To learn more about Vertical Farming for states like Kansas, visit The Agrarian Group
Agtech solutions can help solve the challenges we face.
Here is an example of Agtech Solutions in Kansas:
Hydropponic Kansas farm is thriving this winter
The winter weather can put a lot of plans on hold like school, business, or even events. But one Pittsburg business was built to grow in this, or any kind of weather — all while making nutritious food more accessible. “Weather does not affect our farm. You know it’s blowing cold wind outside, and we’re standing in here, it’s 71 degrees,” said Brad Fourby, Leafy Green Farms Owner.
The winter weather isn’t slowing down production at Leafy Green Farm. “We’re standing in a 40-foot shipping container that’s not even hooked up to the city water, and we use about 10 gallons of water a day to grow about 100 pounds of leafy greens for the community. It’s doing perfectly. We had a nice harvest. We got some nice Swiss chard, some basil, some purple basil.”
Since August, the first vertical hydroponics farm in Kansas has been growing both figuratively and literally.
“We’re starting to grow, the community has been reaching out, ‘How can we participate?’ City officials have come out and visited, looked at it, state officials as well,” continued Fourby. “The Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture, they all have a great interest in this. And then the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative, they were really instrumental in getting the farm here to begin with.”