The Future

Fresh Air Farms represents the future of farming. Climate change, growing population, deteriorating land quality, and a shortage of clean water are driving the need for new solutions. In addition, greenhouse grown produce does not require the use of herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides. Year-round local growing reduces transportation costs and allows the consumer to enjoy fresh, vine-ripened, nutritious produce every day of the year.

   Select links below to see articles showing current and future trends:
(Yes, there are many links - the challenges and opportunities are many.)

Walmart commits to local produce increasing demand for year-round local supply
Comment: Fresh Air Farms will provide a currently non-existent year-round local supply.
 Fruits and vegetables extend life expectancy 
Comment: Fresh Air Farms will increase the supply of fresh, local, chemical-free, nutritious fruits and vegetables.
 Bright Farms plans local urban greenhouses to meet demand for healthy, local food
Comment: Fresh Air Farms will have 20 times the local capacity of the Bright Farms greenhouse in Washington DC.
 Hepatitis from imported food shows difficulty of insuring long distance food safety
Comment: Fresh Air Farms will have local control with the highest level of food safety certifications. 
   Life without bees
Comment: Fresh Air Farms does not use bee killing chemicals.
  Tastier winter tomatoes thanks to greenhouses
Comment: NPR article on hydroponic, greenhouse tomatoes.

   Dylan Ratigan, who left MSNBC to start greenhouse growing, is interviewed on the Daily Show
Comment:  Wacky Daily Show humor is included in this video.

    Martha Stewart - Hydroponic growing in your home
Comment:  Watch the video to learn about growing hydroponically in your home.

    Greenhouse helps keep U.S. hospital patients healthy
Comment: Hospital starts its own greenhouse to provide healthy food to its patients.

     Managing vegetables' "internal clocks" post harvest could have health benefits
Comment: Local growing in controlled environments enables optimizing health benefits. 

    Seeking to meet consumer demand for "local" - Food Business News
Comment: Chipotle plans to serve more than 15 million pounds of locally grown produce in 2013.

    "Prescription" for vegetables is NYC's remedy in the battle against obesity
Comment: This innovative program requires a year-round source of healthy fruits and vegetables.

   By the end of 2024, water shortages and pollution will be America's biggest enemy
Comment: High technology greenhouses reduce water usage and pollution.

   U.S. Greenhouse produce production to exceed $4 billion by 2020
Comment: Buyers are seeking the quality and reliability of supply that greenhouse products provide.

  Natural Grocers break into Oregon markets
Comment: Natural Grocers has been slowly spreading across the country.

  Eating just a 1/2 cup more fruits or vegetables per day will prevent 127,000 American deaths per year
Comment: This will also save $17 billion in cardiovascular health costs per year.

 Oregon designates $1.2 million for local food in schools
Comment: State level commitment to local food can support healthy children and healthy communities.

A modern greenhouse video by GrowPonics
Comment: A look into the capabilities of modern greenhouse farms.

NPR - Too much rain washes out crops in the South
Comment: Unlike greenhouse growing, outdoor farming is dependent upon weather. Too much rain is worse than not enough.
Canada's greenhouse sector is booming, as vegetable and fruit producers continually find ways to innovate.
Comment: In 2011 Canada's greenhouse vegetable sales exceeded sales of field grown for the fifth year in a row at $1.1 billion. 

More than $100 million is invested in high-tech greenhouses in Mexico
Comment: Produce will be shipped to U.S. customers Costco, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's although consumers prefer local.
An Apple a day - video
Comment: Eating the USDA recommended fruits and vegetables is expected to save 127,000 lives & $17 billion in the U.S. each year.

Over the last decade the U.S. trade deficit has grown in fruits and vegetables
Comment: Read the report from the Congressional Research Service.

NPR - No bitter pill: Doctors prescribe fruits and vegetables
Comment: The Greeks first counseled to let food be thy medicine and it seems that some doctors are taking this advice to heart.

Food Safety Modernization Act: Putting the focus on prevention
Comment: Food-borne illness strikes 48 million Americans yearly. Fresh Air Farms will be food safety certified to prevent this illness.

Continued growth predicted for fruit and vegetable greenhouse growers in the U.S.
Comment: In 2012 the industry grew 8.1% due to growing demand.

High tech heads for the farm
Comment: Greenhouse growing at Fresh Air Farms will utilize the highest levels of technologies.

Thanet Earth: the farm of the future
Comment: High-tech UK greenhouses reduce reliance on imports supplying 12% of tomatoes, 11% of peppers and 8% of cucumbers.

U.S. fruit and vegetable consumption and prices increasing
Comment: Last year's vegetable sales rose 5.7%, Average fruit prices rose almost 5%.

Greenhouse-grown continues to gain on field-grown
Comment: Greenhouse growers in Mexico, Canada, and the US are benefiting from increasing global demand for greenhouse-grown.

Nutrition is disappearing from our food due to depleted soil that many experts site as the cause for degenerative diseases
Comment: An exact mix of nutrients is added to hydroponic greenhouse growing which results in full nutrition.

Kauai bill limits pesticides used by biotech companies
Comment: Pesticides will not be used in Fresh Air Farms greenhouses.

Community growth spurt led by greenhouse growers
Comment: Greenhouse agri-business creates entrepreneurs that add to local economies. 

A Vietnam contingent of business and government is seeking to take agriculture to new technological heights
Comment: They hope to build 615,000 acres of hi-tech hydroponic produce greenhouses. The U.S. currently has 40,000 acres.

Worldwide food waste hurts climate, wastes water and land, and adds to greenhouse gases at a cost of $750 billion
Comment: Local greenhouse growing will reduce food waste with consistent output and reduced transportation times.

Solar-Powered greenhouse in Kenya is fully operational to enable operation off the grid
Comment: Fresh Air Farms' goals include energy independence by solar, geothermal, and biomass energy generation.

UN Panel on Climate Change preliminary reports an expected 2% decline in food production each decade due to climate change
Comment: Food demand is expected to increase by 14% each decade. Greenhouses are not weather dependent.

Americans Shop the World to import $23 Billion of Fruits and Vegetables
Comment: Our food safety is at risk from imports. At current capacity, it will take the FDA 28 years to inspect all foreign facilities. 

Every Year Americans discard $165 billion of food waste
Comment: Local food taste better, is more nutritious, and has much less waste because it gets to your table the day after harvest.

Watch a video showing the fascinating journey of a British bell pepper
Comment: Notice the clean, controlled growing and handling processes of this efficient, high output operation.

Soilless agriculture can help the environment, reduce war, and make delicious food
Comment: Hydroponic, greenhouse growing saves water and energy, reduces pollution and land needs while producing healthy food.

Global greenhouse markets expected to grow 10% from 2012 to 2016
Comment: Rising food demand is a major driver. As a result, world-wide research and development is increasing.

Are hydroponic greenhouses classified as organic?
Comment: No, although hydroponically grown produce is free of chemicals, has superior flavor, nutrition, appearance, and shelf life.
ow much more does it costs to eat healthy every day?
Comment: It costs about $1.50 per day to eat healthy. How much does it cost in health care costs and down time not to eat healthy?

The limits of locally grown food?
Comment: Food grown in Fresh Air Farms' greenhouses has the advantages of local supply, commercial scale, and safety certification. 
Health advantages of plants in your diet

Comment: Five ways to reduce your stroke risk.

According to the USDA, fruits and vegetables are the most imported agricultural import and the trend is growing
Comment: A commercial-scale, local source will provide food security, a positive balance of trade, and a safe, nutritious supply.

Shortages of freshwater used for irrigation could double the detrimental effects of climate change on agriculture.
Comment: Fresh Air Farms will recycle and reuse its water. Greenhouse growing requires up to 90% less water.

Three reasons to go on a plant based diet
Comment: A plant based diet is good for health, costs less, and good for the environment.

Growing strawberries year-round in hydroponic greenhouses
Comment: Tasty, year-round, local strawberries will be available from Fresh Air Farms

The 10 Biggest Food-borne Illness Outbreaks of 2013

Comment: Fresh Air Farm's food safety certification will ensure safe food. Local supplies are much easier to control.

State by state comparison of fruit and vegetable consumption
Comment: Oregon and California consume the highest number of servings of fruits and vegetables. See the link to see your state ranking.
National Weather Services Drought Prediction Center predicts U.S. drought
Comment: Over 50% of the U.S. has been in drought greatly reducing agricultural output. Greenhouses use up to 90% less water.

Study shows that Mexican greenhouses offer great opportunity with high returns
Comment: Commercial-scale greenhouses are profitable world-wide. Financial graphs and summary results are included.
Shortage of water and disease force California lettuce growers to cut back 50%
Comment: Water shortages and diseases are a risk to our traditional food supply. Local greenhouses are a solution.

Honey bee shortage threatens crop pollination in Europe
Comment: Our world-wide food supply is fragile. Greenhouse growing is friendly to honey bees.
46% of Canadian organic food contained some pesticides
Comment: Controlled-environment greenhouse grown produce will have not pesticide residue.
Village Farms recognized as one of the top five employers in Texas

Comment: Modern commercial-scale greenhouses can provide desirable, year-round, family-wage jobs.
Global use of pesticides and agrochemicals grew 9.8% annually between 2007 and 2013.
Comment: China, France, Germany, India, and the United States represent the largest agrochemical and pesticide markets.
Priority on Taste Pays Off for South Carolina Hydroponic Tomato Farm
Comment: Hydroponic greenhouses provide the control needed to achieve superior taste and year-round growing.
Even as a snowstorm was icing roads in a January in Ohio, tomatoes are harvested in greenhouses
Comment: Supplemental light, heat, and precise hydroponics make this possible.
Growth in Hydroponics Food Industry to outpace global markets by 80%
Comment: The benefits of higher yields with lower inputs, improved soil/water quality, and food safety are compelling forces for change.

Current drought is most severe in decades
Comment: Estimated crop loss is $50 to $80 billion. High-technology greenhouses require up to 90% less water than open-field farming.
American adults are choosing healthier foods, consuming healthier diet
Comment: These choices are driving an increased demand for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Healthy and sustainable food systems are crucial to fight hunger and malnutrition
Comment: Our common approach to food production is not sustainable today, when we will have to provide food for a growing population.

The Millionair Club Charity has created a hydroponic farm in the basement of its Seattle shelter.
Comment: Farm Manager said hydroponics is by far the most environmental form of farming.

Vertical hydroponic farms sprouting all over the world
Comment: Hydroponic farms avoid the problems growing food crops in drought-and-disease-prone fields many miles from the consumer.

Researcher works on revolutionizing hydroponic plant growth to feed the masses
 Comment: You can farm with 90 percent less water, 10 times the yield of surface area land compared to soil.

Will hydroponics take off?
Comment: Hydroponics has a new potential to influence the food system.

Certified greenhouse program
Comment: A certified greenhouse program focuses on production standards, food safety and environmental stewardship.

U.S. fruit and vegetable imports grow every year
Comment: Between 1990-92 and 2004-06, annual U.S. imports of fresh fruit and vegetables surged to $7.9 billion from $2.7 billion.

Walmart's 'ground-breaking' plan to sell local vegetables
Comment: The retail giant understands that buying and selling local produce is good for both its image and the planet.

Spain invests 20 million Euro in greenhouse modernization
Comment: Spain needs to invest to compete with other European and non-EU production areas.

Organic' doesn't mean pesticides weren't used
Comment: Organic defines how a food is produced, not the quality, safety or nutritional value. Fresh Air Farms will not use pesticides.

Local foods offer tangible economic benefits
Comment: For every $1 increase in agricultural sales, everyone's personal income rose by 22 cents over the course of five years.

The greenhouse for the future (video by Kubo)
Comment:: Watch this cool video showing the technology abilities of the Kobo greenhouse.

Pesticides may be more dangerous than testing reveals, study finds
Comment: In the study, fungicides were on average the most toxic, followed by herbicides and then insecticides.

The largest greenhouse complex in Southern Germany begins its official operation

Comment: 2/3 of the required water will be from captured rain water. Economical use of energy is part of the ecological product concept. 

Imports to account for half of U.S. fruit by 2023
Comment: The USDA reports the trade deficit in horticultural crops will grow from $12.8 billion in 2013 to $23.1 billion in 2023.

Hydroponics Seen As Future Of California Agriculture 
Comment: A hydroponic greenhouse uses about 10-times less water than a field crop.

Indoor urban farms called wasteful, 'pie in the sky'
Comment: A better solution would be more greenhouses around the perimeter of urban areas, the Fresh Air Farms model.

Farm bill boosts fruits, vegetables with $4 billion
Comment: The bill provides nearly $4 billion in funding for programs that benefit U.S. fruit and vegetable production.

Study confirms aqua/hydroponics has better food safety than soil-grown crops
Comment: Fresh Air Farms will have the highest level of food safety certification.

Research with Fresnel lens greenhouse continues on large scale
Comment: Exciting new designs for solar powered greenhouses.

Greenhouse labs spur student learning on Manhattan rooftops
Comment: PBS video - students are studying science in their very own rooftop greenhouse

Why local food matters
Comment: The rising importance of locally-grown food in the U.S. food system - presentation by Debra Tropp of the USDA

5 Reasons the future of agriculture is indoors
Comment: Indoor agriculture refers to growing produce in controlled environment greenhouses.

Growing trend: Fruits and vegetables are the new fast food — but healthier
Comment:The trend is higher consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Tedx Talks - Bright Farms CEO advocates local greenhouses to revolutionize the fresh produce supply chain
Comment: Fresher, better tasting produce grown locally is the result. 

The University of Arizona hydroponic greenhouse leading way to sustainable urban farming

Comment: See video of growing local vegetables in greenhouses in the desert while saving water.      

Amherst Farmer Refines Method of Growing Plants Without Soil

Comment: Hydroponics can produce the safest food.

Risky Business Ups The Ante On Climate Change

Comment: Group projects drops in agriculture yields of more than 10 percent in the Midwest and Southeast in the next five to 25 years. 

A defunct factory in Japan has a new life as an LED-powered indoor farm that turns out 10,000 heads of lettuce per day
Comment: Less water, less land, less waste, and higher output growing hydroponically.

Italian growers investing in greenhouses a result of climate changes

   Comment: Controlled environment greenhouses provide a consistent output regardless of the weather with less resources. 

USDA: U.S. Foodborne Illnesses cost more than $15.6 billion annually
            Comment: Short supply lines from local greenhouses and Food Safety certified greenhouses help insure food safety.

High-tech grow rooms are churning out lettuce that never needs washing
            Comment: Clean, controlled environment growing is safe and very clean.
$150 million solar powered greenhouse nears construction in Australia
                Comment: Countries around the world are taking advantage of high technology greenhouses.

Nutrition panel urges Americans to eat green
            Comment: This diet is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and use fewer resources, such as land, water and energy.
Hydroponics on the rise in Australia 
           Comment: Capital required for greenhouse technology is high, but has many benefits and revenue will rise more than 7% this year.

A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World's First Vertical Farms
         Comment: Replacing food that was being grown in Mexico or California with fresh local food.

UC Research: Most Americans could eat locally
        Comment: Local greenhouses would enable local food.

AeroFarms Plans to Grow 1.5 Million Pounds of Leafy Greens in the Middle of Newark

        Comment: This is a test site for AeroFarms, a Delaware-registered start-up focused on aeroponics.
NPR - As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'
      Comment: High output, environmentally friendly, high technology is part of the solution.
How Eating Fruits and Vegetables Can Save the Planet
      Comment: Most gains in sustainable farming have been made in the fruit and vegetable growing
Popular Science - How We'll Grow Food in the Future
     Comment: Traditional agriculture has bought the farm.

Funding Gap Hinders Law for Ensuring Food Safety
     Comment: An estimated 48 million Americans have food-borne illnesses each year. Local, food safety certified growers greatly reduce the risk.

Can hydroponics be organic?
    Comment: All methods of food production should be considered when trying to feed a growing world population

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