AP: The German Aerospace Center DLR, which coordinates the project, said Thursday that by May scientists hope to harvest 4-5 kilograms of fruit and vegetables a week.
The allure of container farming has introduced many new farmers to indoor agriculture. The portability and low fixed costs have expanded the possibilities for grow sites for many people. Industry players estimate that there are between 250 and 300 branded container farms in the world, with likely as many homegrown operations in existence.
Ronald Holden for Forbes: MSFT got into data-driven farming almost three years ago. "We believe that data, coupled with the farmers knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity, and also help reduce costs ," says a company spokesman.
Aditi Roy for CNBC: Kimbal Musk has an accelerator, Square Roots, that teaches millennials how to farm out of a shipping container in Brooklyn. Musk says today's millennial farmers are trying to make a difference in how food is produced.
Grow Pod Solutions has developed the world's most advanced growing pods. Their container farms are fully automated, and feature innovations such as greenhouse control software, Bipolar Ionization, automatic dosing, fertigation scheduling and full-time surveillance.
Jody Helmer for Civil Eats: Vertical farms allow food banks to grow their own produce with high-tech systems in an effort to fight food insecurity year-round.
Torstar News Service: Forty-foot containers, equipped with infrared lights and vertical hydroponics systems, can produce up to 150 pounds of kale a week.
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