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High-Tech Indoor Farms Promise Improved, Better-Tasting Produce

June 28, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Business startups, including Bowery farming, AeroFarms, and Lettuce Networks, are using data and artificial intelligence to operate indoor food farms more efficiently than conventional farms. Also, these companies keep their farms small-scale and locate them near population centers. Described by some experts as distributed farming, these indoor food farms are designed to provide food for more people, while keeping their environmental impact less than those of traditional, large-scale farms. Compared with conventional farms, these “unscaled farms” offer better produce, with food grown and harvested near urban centers. Investors believe indoor farms are the future of farming, with about $2 billion invested in hundreds of farming technology startups since 2013.
Kevin Maney, "Why You Should Hope Your Next Tomato’s Grown Indoors by Robots", Strategy+business, June 28, 2018, © PwC
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