Governments and Universities Are Using Vertical Farms to Fight Food Inequity

Mar. 1, 2022

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says vertical farming “is no longer a futuristic concept.” The department is very enthusiastic about vertical farming, particularly those utilizing repurposed shipping containers, such as GrowPods. These portable farms can be placed virtually anywhere and can grow crops that are “better than organic.”
GrowPods are manufactured by GP Solutions, Inc., and ACTX is their sole U.S. distributor.
“Vertical farming allows growers to grow crops indoors year-round. As a result, consumers can have easier access to fresher produce,” according to the agency. “Although vertical farming’s high costs can often be discouraging, shipping containers are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Converting them into vertical farming environments not only breathes life back into discarded infrastructure but also puts fresh produce in urban centers,” the USDA has stated.
The USDA says vertically farmed crops can be grown without pesticides and are much less likely to be contaminated by pathogens that are harmful to humans, such as E. coli.
The Chicago Tribune states that Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton is looking at vertical farms as a way to reduce food insecurity. According to reports, there are enormous inequities in food distribution, with the highest quality produce usually available only to wealthier communities.
“All communities throughout our state deserve to have access,” Stratton said.
The future of farming is in a shipping container
Universities are also using vertical farming as a solution to today’s food challenges. Texas A&M, Princeton, UC Davis, and Auburn are just a few of the schools that have embraced vertical farming.
“The future of farming is growing in a white shipping container,” according to Arizona State University. “Vertical farming saves 90% of the water compared to conventional farming, but yields 10 times the crop,” the school reports.
For more information on GrowPods or Advanced Container Technologies, call: (951) 381-2555 or visit: www.advancedcontainertechnologies.com.
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