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These guys are responsible for the first vegan, hydroponic, vertical farm

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Ready for a look at the future of farming? Metropolis Farms in Philly is making waves as the first vegan-certified farm in the nation. On top of that (literally), it’s also the first hydroponic vertical farm, occupying 36 square feet in a second-floor space.

#microgreens in our #state of the #art #vertical #farm #technology . #amazing #fresh #vegan #friendly

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In a piece shared by Eco Watch, the farm boast no pesticides, herbicides, animal manure, or animal byproducts, with certification from the American Vegetarian Association. Avoiding manure means eliminating the main cause of food poisoning, so they rely on carnivorous plants to lure and kill bugs instead.

They’re not stopping there either. The team is hoping to convert solar energy but currently uses robotics to reduce the energy put out to artificially light and control the climate of this urban pasture, using storage similar to this hydroponic shipping container for their crops.

120,000 plants grow, with herbs, greens and tomatoes yielding the majority of their year-round crop. They utilize 98 percent less water than a standard farming operation through hydroponic recirculation and use 82 percent less energy compared to their conventional and organic competitors. If after reading this, you were inspired to grow supplies, more so towards the hydroponic side of gardening, be sure to do some research if you are new to this.

#Metropolisfarms #Tomatoes are kicking ass, in the worlds first commercial vertical flowering towers. We have almost lemon sized tomatoes after about a month using our clean growing technology in the dead of winter. Zero Pesticides, Zero Herbicides, Zero Manure. We can grow thousands of pounds of #FarmtoTable , #VeganCertified ,delicious #freshtomatoes right here in #Philadelphia’s #FirstVerticalFarm 365 days a year. #foodporn #veg #vegan #veganfood #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #fitfoods #fitfoodie #fitfam #cleaneating #eatraw #eathealthy #philly #phillyigers #philadelphia

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“The innovation here is density, as well as energy and water conservation,” Metropolis Farms president Jack Griffin told Technically Philly. “We can grow more food in less space using less energy and water. The result is that I can replace 44,000 square feet with 36 square feet. When you hear those numbers, it kind of makes sense.”

So they’re saving the world one crop at a time, in a space where agriculture would have typically been seen as impossible. It makes me wonder how many veggies I can grow in my ninth floor apartment…

Photo from Technically Philly

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  • vegan truth seeker

    We already have the technology and know-how to drastically change the world… all we need is people to come together and demand that change and to be willing to change!

    What the hell are we waiting for? We don’t have that much time anymore…

  • sceptic

    “they rely on carnivorous plants to lure and kill bugs instead”
    This makes me uncomfortable. Couldn’t be any other harmless alternative like using electro waves to keep them away?

  • Disco Nouvo

    they’re not vegan. there’s dead animals all over their instagram. flakey as fuck

  • sammyso

    Not the first. These concepts have existed for years. Singapore is probably the first to build a mainstream structure doing what they claim to be the first to do.

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