This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water


NARRATOR: You can’t
see it on the outside, but this old
industrial neighborhood is an agricultural oasis. Inside this former
laser tag arena, about 250 kinds of leafy greens
are growing in huge quantities, to be sold to local
supermarkets and restaurants. This is AeroFarms, a massive
indoor vertical farm in Newark, New Jersey. DAVID ROSENBERG: Our mission
is to build farms in cities all over the world
so people have access to fresh, great tasting,
highly nutritious food. NARRATOR: Crops are stacked
more than 30 feet high inside this 30,000
square foot space. They’re grown using
aeroponic technology. DAVID ROSENBERG: Typically
in indoor growing, the roots sit in water and one
tries to oxygenate the water. Our key inventor realized
that if we mist nutrition to the root structure,
then the roots have a better oxygenation. NARRATOR: AeroFarms
says the root misting system allows them to use 95%
less water than a regular field farm. They also use no
pesticides or herbicides. Instead of soil, plants are
grown in reusable cloth, made from recycled plastic. And instead of the sun,
there are rows and rows of specialized LED lighting. DAVID ROSENBERG: A lot
of people say, sunless? Wait, plants need sun. In fact, the plants don’t
need yellow spectrum, so we’re able to
reduce our energy footprint by doing
things like reducing certain types of spectrum. NARRATOR: This
sophisticated climate controlled system cuts
the growing cycle in half, so crops can be
grown all year round, but with a much smaller
impact on the environment. DAVID ROSENBERG: There’s all
these stresses on our planet. 70% of our fresh
water contamination comes from agriculture. 70% of our fresh water
usage goes to agriculture. One third of our
arable land has been degraded in the last 40 years. All these macro trends
point to the fact that we need a new way
to feed our planet. NARRATOR: One of the early
champions of vertical farming is Columbia University
ecologist Dickson Despommier. In 1999, Despommier
and his students proposed that vertical farms
could feed overpopulated cities while using less
land and less water. They would also cut
greenhouse gases by eliminating the
need to transport food over long distances. And the idea is
finally taking root. Over the past few
years, vertical farms have sprouted all
over the world, including in Vancouver,
Singapore, Panama, the UK, and around the US. Here in Newark, AeroFarms is
building out another new farm in a former steel
mill, one that’s bigger than a football field. Once it’s fully
operational, it’s expected to produce two
million pounds of greens a year– all grown vertically. DAVID ROSENBERG: We
listen to the plants very carefully to
try and understand what they’re telling
us and try and optimize all these different
qualities of the plant. It’s a tough business, but
it’s one that’s going to stay and it’s going to have a
bigger and bigger impact. NARRATOR: Do you think vertical
farms will help solve our food production problems? Let us know in the
comments below. And check out this
next episode to see how this major US city is
striving to become zero waste. ROBERT REED: When I started
at Recology 23 years ago, the recycling rate
was around 38%. Today, we’ve more
than doubled that. NARRATOR: So far, San Francisco
has diverted 80% of its waste away from landfills,
and its success has been getting global attention. Thanks for watching and be sure
to subscribe for more Seeker Stories.

100 thoughts on “This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

  1. Farm future uses no soil and 95% less water. But 1000% uses electricity that using coal to make the power. Ummm ok fine.

  2. 75% of polution comes from agriculture , uuuuugh ok, BUT uuuh yeaaaah , 100% of any “polution” comes from GREED LOVE OF money is the root of all evil! God should know he created us, soooo yeah lets blame it on Greed NOT agriculture , !

  3. Woah! We don’t need natural resources anymore. This is the beginning of destruction of this era. We can also cover the entire land with flat surface and build sunroof to cover entire earth so that humans can live inside that without nature. Our so called highly civilised people doesn’t know what is necessary anymore.

  4. I bet there is waay less good bacteria with this farming method. There's a saying "if it aint broke don't fix it"…. Talk about greed

  5. I wonder how high is CO2 there…maybe 5000 ppm XD
    Plants do love CO2!

    P.S. There is no greenhouse effect :
    This shitty video is made for CNN or other crap-heads like Times?
    Man i disliked instantly…

  6. All you need is a metric fuck ton of constant power for the constant lighting, the water systems, climate control, and monitoring

  7. If beyond meat can be highly successful, I don't see how this cannot be either. The energy consumption is my main skepticism

  8. I never fallow any thing and I got to know more I'm a up and coming chef and have big ideas but don't know ware to start evict? Sorry I can't spell so well but all my energy is in cooking and making grate meals for ppl. Why I'm a chef is win I was 9 my dad had to leave for 3 months with court issues and one of the biggest moments in my life is in those 3 months live like a month and some change without power and my dad came home for just a day or two you still didn't have power we all sat around me and my sister mom and dad around the kitchen table and just ate cold SpaghettiOs half happy I'm half just enjoying each other's company that's why I'm a chef I never want anybody to eat cold SpaghettiOs in the dark with candles some ideas information some guidance would be really helpful thank you for your time

  9. I hope the governments build huge agrow buildings before the starvation from crop failure happens … yikes eh

  10. I believe that our governments have many of theses farms underground so when the shit hits the fan they will just run underground and wait it out!

  11. Those are mercury containing fluorescent light bulbs hanging over all of those plants. How do they decontaminate when those break or leak? How do they detect when they leak?

  12. Great video and I loved it
    . Also, the value should be increased by details of vertical farms "aeroponics" So watch this video : https://youtu.be/LqYWrOD-xqc

  13. I know that plants don't need yellow spectrum, but how are you reducing energy footprint by consuming electricity made by burning coal, when sun is free 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  14. This kind of development will ruin..this is not modern agriculture, this is disaster agriculture.. Pls stop this

  15. No no.. there's a problem here.. first.. how do u feed plants with nutrients without soil? Ha. You are putting inorganic stuff into the water.. so does anybody think how this hurts us on long term ?

  16. I still believe there is some piece of info missing, how can foods grown under these tubelights compare to food grown under sunlight and natural air?? Fishy…

  17. Things they fail to mention: massive amount of electricity used to maintain optimum environment plus massive investment that need to be made in buildings that are needed for closed farming such as these.

  18. Well u cant replace sun energy with any of ur super genius artificial light/heat energy
    Soon u guys will be producing meat beef or even milk with ur super un natural ingredients
    Stop working for hospital Nd doctors, stop producing new diseases 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

  19. Probably the lights are operating here are fossil fuel generated electricity. An excellent profit making idea focused on the customer just might end up promoting the use of fossil fuel rather than solar energy or the other renewable sources. I hope they soon look into the matter and make their concerns about nature exemplary than profit making. Cheers.

  20. So funny I happened to be listing to Dr Despommier's book Vetical Farming when I came across this video. Perfect update on all that he predicted and hoped for!

  21. Why do people feel the need to tell others that they knew something before they did? Congrats, you know a fact.
    Feck! I gotta avoid the comment section.

  22. I find plants grown in water taste like water. What are they doing to us? Screwed up the air and land so now we eat bugs and grow greens inside? I say let's arrest all in the USDA for being terrorists.

  23. In my opinion as a university student (Agronomy course at Brazil ) , these method it's not sustanble, because when you grow plants with this hidroponic technique which is the technique used at vertical farming you need to provide all the macronutrients and micronutrients such as :N, K, Ca, Mg, S,Si,Cl ,Fe, … , which are necessary for plants to grown (plants can't grow/live anyway whithout these nutrients). We know that hidroponic farming is based on artificialy adding all those macro and micro nutrients into the water for plants, here is where the problem is, because the soil provides all those essentials nutrients and when it doesn't we fertilize the necessary amount that is lacking, and just doing this is already expensive and we can't forget that almost all the macro and micro nutrients comes from mineral rocks which makes it a finite way of obtain those nutrients, in other words, our current exploration of the mineral rocks it's already leading to socialmbientals issues and is deacreasing the amount of this mineral rocks , now just imagine a farming techinique like vertical farm which requires 100% of this nutrients being provided by an artificial way it would be cathastrophique because we will dry all our macro and micro nutrients sources and we will not be able to produce food on our hidroponic farms anymore. Therefore, it's imposible switiching the actual farming to this vertical farm method.

    -Just my argument if there is anyone who can refute me please do it.

  24. I always see vertical farms growing leafy green vegetables. Can they produce, heavier vegetables, fruits, grains ? Why isn’t this taking off faster ?

  25. Does the reduction of land use, water, soil use, and pesticides outweigh the production of technology, and energy to power the technology?

  26. Sorry do use "chemical fertilizers" i PRAY You DO NOT. ..otherwise it's not a Good system. Please let me know? 🌻

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