California Indoor Farming Startup Plenty Plans to Launch Global Operations in China and Japan - Energy Watch News


California Indoor Farming Startup Plenty Plans to Launch Global Operations in China and Japan

Ambitious U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty 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. Matt Barnard, chief executive of the San Francisco-based firm which counts Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Japanese tech player SoftBank among its backers, told Reuters on Wednesday that China could potentially host at least 300 of Plenty’s farms. The firm currently operates just one farm, in San Francisco, with another due to open in Seattle in the first-half of 2018. Plenty’s farming model means growing vegetables and herbs on vertical towers indoors, with hydroponic systems delivering nutrients to plants and LED lighting designed to stimulate rapid growth all-year round. Enclosed farms reduce pests and allow the firm to optimize growing conditions. http://fortune.com/2018/01/17/indoor-farming-startup-plenty-china-japan/?iid=sr-link2

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