Developing systems for extreme agriculture is a concrete need due to population’s growth and urbanization. The world’s population has been growing at 1.1% per year and the urbanization has increased by a staggering 25% in the last 20 years.
These factors demand the development of new science and technologies to facilitate the production of food in a localized and highly intensive and sustainable manner.
Traditional agriculture causes deforestation and is not sustainable in the long term.
Aeroponic agriculture delivers organic fruits and vegetables with 90% reduction on water usage. Plus, aeroponic cultivation can be vertically integrated, allowing for a much smaller footprint. Distributed, urban, vertical farms also reduce oil consumption, traffic congestion and pollution—and, perhaps, even wars—by avoiding shipments from farms to cities and from one country to another.
Nutrients per pound of food can be augmented with new natural food enhancement techniques, therefore lowering the food consumed per capita.
We are interested in all technologies that would accelerate the development and marketability of organic aeroponic farming, going from efficiencies in nutrient solutions all the way to turn-key designs for vertical greenhouses.