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.
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Farm2Kitchen has developed a network of more than 100,000 small farmers across India. They provided these farmers training, mentoring and direct access to the market, thus providing them better value for their produce and improving their bottom line.
Amy Crawford for CityLab: A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.
Meagan Flynn for The Atlantic: They might be an efficient way to produce food in a world with more-extreme weather-but only if growers can figure out a successful business model.
Arian Aghajanzadeh for GreenBiz: A 2015 report by McKinsey & Company stated that agriculture and hunting remain the least-digitized industries in the United States. However, farmers long have sought cost-effective tools to increase the efficiency of their fields.
Steve O'Hear for TechCrunch: Infarm has developed an "indoor vertical farming" system capable of growing anything from herbs, lettuce and other vegetables, and even fruit. It then places these modular farms in a variety of customer-facing city locations
David K. Williams for Forbes: The result: production has moved from one machine every 4-6 weeks to an average of 5 machines per month for a total of 130 worldwide and predominance in its sector, with pre-orders booked through June 2018.
Matt Simon for Wired: Researchers at Washington State University have developed algorithms that scan a tree for individual branches, then determine what bit of each branch to grasp and shake to extract the most cherries-up to nearly 90 percent of them.
Ronald Holden for Forbes: MSFT got into data-driven farming almost three years ago. "We believe that data, coupled with the farmer's knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity, and also help reduce costs ," says a company spokesman.
Nina Sparling for Vogue: Equal parts urban farm and tech startup, their company, Smallhold, deploys hardware and software not only to grow a bounty of fungi but also to carve out alternative routes from farm to table.
Ashley Nickle for The Packer: The center continues to work on strengthening relationships with the venture capital community, and it is seeking feedback from growers on the startups at the center and the technology in development.
Dominique Patton for Reuters: Ambitious U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty Inc is seeking urban sites for new farms in Chinese cities as part of a global drive to set up high-tech facilities growing organic vegetables in warehouses under banks of LED lights.
Arama Kukutai & Spencer Maughan for Forbes: With indoor farming, disruptive retail, along with genome and microbial tech all vying for the big dollars, there is understandable angst for the "have nots" trying to attract capital to compete with the "have mores."
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