Agtech solutions with The Agrarian Group in Michigan


Posted on Monday 11th July 2022
Agtech Solutions for Michigan

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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Michigan.

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 Michigan, visit The Agrarian Group

Agtech solutions can help solve the challenges we face.

Here is an example of Agtech Solutions in Michigan:

One Good Thing: Indoor farming

WYOMING, Mich. — Time for One Good Thing — someone or something that makes West Michigan a good place to live. A new farming option recently began operation in West Michigan. And it's a bit different.

The Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming held an October ribbon-cutting for an indoor farm. It's operated by technology company, Square Roots. The idea with this type of farm — as they continue to grow — would enable local food at a global scale. They built the farm in just three months.

Square Roots technology monitors and controls the multiple climates, allowing for a variety of crops to be grown. This is one of two indoor farms Square Roots operates in Michigan.

Gordon Food Service CEO Rich Wolowski said, "In partnering with Square Roots, we are delivering on our ambitions to make nutritious, local produce available to everyone, throughout the year, regardless of the local climate."

"This new indoor farm in Michigan means we can grow delicious, local food, all year round, in responsible ways. We have an exciting roadmap to build additional indoor farms across the continent with Gordon Food Service, as we work to ensure that the future of food can be good for people and the planet, as well as good business," said Square Roots CEO Tobias Peggs.

This type of technology is great for Michigan. But, imagine when it can be deployed in areas of the world with less hospitable climates than ours? 

One Good Thing to Gordon Food Service and Square Roots for their new indoor farm in West Michigan. Excited to see where things go from here.


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