Environmental Impact

At AeroFarms, our environmental impact is at the heart of what we do. Traditional agriculture takes a massive toll on the planet’s natural resources. We are transforming agriculture to flip the paradigm of exploitation to one of preservation and conservation.

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Water

70% of our water supply goes to agriculture. 70% of water contamination comes from agriculture. Current events, future predictions, and common sense tell us we cannot continue on this path. AeroFarms uses 95% less water than field farming and has developed a closed loop water circulation system that recirculates water to our plants. Imagine the impact if even 10% of our produce was grown this way.

 

Pesticides

Overuse of pesticides has decreased the beneficial microorganisms in the soil and allowed bad ones to proliferate. Our soil is no longer healthy enough to filter out pesticides and render them inert, leading to toxicity and runoff. Runoff leads to algal blooms and oceanic dead zones. AeroFarms has developed a controlled way of growing indoors without any pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. Our safe, healthy, delicious produce is clean and ready to eat.

 

Land

25% of the world’s land is now “highly degraded,” with soil erosion, water degradation and biodiversity loss. Arable land is a precious resource and as soil health depletes, so does the nutrition of our food. AeroFarms uses less than 1% of the land required by conventional growing. That means we are over 75 times more productive per square foot vs. traditional agriculture, while also ensuring that our plants get all of the macro and micro nutrients they need all year round.

 

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Circular Economy

AeroFarms was the first and only agriculture company to date to be honored by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as one of the Circular Economy 100, a select group of global companies focused on eliminating waste and improving our positive impact on the environment and sustainability.

 

Carbon Emissions

What we think of as farming has changed a lot.  From drilling for water, pumping from deeper reserves than ever before, operating tractors, tillers, and harvesters, to washing three times in large scale processing facilities that operate 24/7, traditional commercial farming is quite energy intensive. Plus, 95% percent of America’s salad greens are grown in either Salinas, California or Yuma, Arizona – traveling thousands of miles to get to your plate.

AeroFarms reduces harmful transportation emissions by 98% on average. That is because we build our farms on major distribution channels and near population centers to bring local, fresh greens to communities who wouldn’t normally have them.

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