In­door Aero­ponic Farms Go Na­tive

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Ac­cord­ing to the NAPC'S Na­tive­ por­tal for na­tive busi­ness, Na­tive In­door Farms, a sub­sidiary of In­door Farms of Amer­ica, re­cently de­liv­ered its first ver­ti­cal aero­ponic farms to Na­tive Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties, one in New York and one in Kansas. These are also the first such ver­ti­cal farms ever sold for use and op­er­a­tion by Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

Aero­pon­ics, or air­pon­ics, is a NASA de­vel­oped vari­a­tion on hy­dro­pon­ics in which nu­tri­ents are de­liv­ered to plants through a fine mist. The tech­nique can in­crease plant growth by get­ting more oxy­gen to plant roots. It also means greater plant den­sity at lower cost and a ster­ile dis­ease and pest-free en­vi­ron­ment.

Aero­ponic grow­ing sys­tems can pro­vide clean, ef­fi­cient, and rapid food pro­duc­tion. Crops can be planted and har­vested in the sys­tem year round with­out in­ter­rup­tion, and with­out con­tam­i­na­tion from soil, pes­ti­cides, and residue. Since the grow­ing en­vi­ron­ment is clean and ster­ile, it greatly re­duces the chances of spread­ing plant dis­ease and in­fec­tion com­monly found in soil and other grow­ing me­dia.

While not all food crops are suit­able for aero­pon­ics, most plants can be grown to ma­tu­rity in air with a suf­fi­cient sup­ply of oxy­gen, CO2, water and nu­tri­ents.

As cli­mate change, in­ad­ver­tent spread of GMOS and environmen­tal con­tam­i­na­tion takes its toll on con­ven­tional in­dus­trial and or­ganic agricultur­e, in­ten­sive in­door farm­ing is ex­pand­ing and pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive way to feed at least a por­tion of the world.

Aero­pon­ics can also be very prof­itable but must be done right.

Ac­cord­ing to NASA re­search, the nu­tri­ents must be de­liv­ered by a high pres­sure hy­dro-at­om­ized mist of 5-50 mi­crome­tres mi­cro-droplets for long-term aero­ponic grow­ing. Nu­tri­ents must be free of con­tam­i­nants and de­liv­ered at pre­cise in­ter­vals.

With the ad­vance in LED light­ing and aero­pon­ics tech­nol­ogy, in­door farm­ing is now a vi­able so­lu­tion to large-scale cli­mate change adapt­able food pro­duc­tion.

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