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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Mississippi.
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?
Agtech solutions can help solve the challenges we face.
Here is an example of Agtech Solutions in Mississippi:
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GrowGeneration Corp. (NASDAQ: GRWG) (“GrowGen” or the “Company”), the nation’s largest chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, today announced the opening of a new hydroponic garden center to serve the emerging Mississippi market. The new store at 4251 Industrial Drive in Jackson becomes the first in Mississippi, and the Company’s 64th store nationwide and will expand the number of states the Company operates in to 14. The store will open on June 27, 2022. Additionally, the Company has signed two leases in North Chesterfield, Virginia and Hazelwood, Missouri. These stores are expected to be opened in the second half of 2022 and will expand the number of states GrowGen operates in to 16.
“This new 40,000 square foot store in Mississippi is the first of many GrowGen Hydroponic garden centers that will capture the important and emerging markets across the Southeast,” said Darren Lampert, CEO of GrowGeneration. “Like Oklahoma, Mississippi allows for unlimited medical cultivation licenses making it an ideal market for GrowGen’s one-stop shop that provides new and existing cultivators seed to harvest solutions, including turnkey facility design, cultivation room design, and on-site project consultation, as well as access to the Company’s burgeoning line of successful private label products. Additionally, Mississippi and the Delta Region are emerging as a prime market to apply indoor controlled environment agriculture and vertical gardening to food agriculture. This new store continues GrowGen’s tradition of having the largest selection, best service and grow professionals, to deliver solutions for all types of growers to become the leading hydroponics retailer in the states where it operates.”
Continued Lampert, “These new store leases in Virginia and Missouri are the first of many the Company expects to announce that will increase our reach in new and emerging markets. These new stores will feature vertical farming demonstrations and educational support for new growers to set up and maintain state-of-the-art grow operations that will help them maximize their investments in vertical farming. In addition to new store leases, we continue to build out our distribution capabilities on a regional basis to deliver our products to new and existing growers efficiently and profitably.”