Awards for Environmental Impact and Disruption send AeroFarms into 2016
Newark, New Jersey
December 29, 2015
AeroFarms, the pioneer and leader of vertical farming, has received three awards for developing a commercial way of growing food indoors responsibly, bypassing the traditionally adverse environmental impact of commercial field farming. AeroFarms was selected for the Red Herring Global 100, has won the World Technology Award for the environment, and is a finalist for the World Economic Forum’s Circulars Awards.
The Red Herring Top 100 award highlights the most exciting startups from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Hundreds of companies from each region are reviewed for their social impact and potential for disruption.
AeroFarms also won The World Technology Awards for the Environment, presented by the World Technology Network as a way to honor those doing “the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.” Past winners include Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Craig Venter, Al Gore, and Angela Belcher, with corporate Winners including Space-X, Apple and Tesla Motors.
AeroFarms is also a finalist for the World Economic Forum Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Enterprise. The Circulars recognize individuals and organizations that have made a substantive contribution to upholding the principles of a circular economy – wherein critical natural resources are not threatened. Awards will be presented in a ceremony at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2016.
AeroFarms unique, patented growing system uses 95 percent less water than traditional field farming and a fraction of the fertilizers. AeroFarms fully-controlled growing environment requires zero pesticides, eliminating the harmful runoff from traditional agriculture, with no harm to our already depleted soil.
AeroFarms is an Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 company, was voted Most Innovative Company at the Future Farm World agriculture conference and the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference.
“Because our stakeholders share our mission of transformative environmental impact, the sustained health of our environment is at the heart of everything we do. We are scaling and looking for like-minded partners and new team members who share our passion and purpose,” said AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg. David Rosenberg was also the founder of another cleantech nanotechnology company, Hycrete, that had the first cradle-to-cradle certified product. David is an active member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its annual meeting in Davos. David is also a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20.
Founded in 2004, AeroFarms® is on a mission to fundamentally change the way the world thinks about agriculture by building, owning, and operating indoor, vertical farms that grow flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way. AeroFarms patented growing systems make year-round harvests with peak flavor possible while disrupting the traditional distribution channels that lead to massive carbon emissions and food waste. AeroFarms is able to bring the farm to the consumer while mitigating the food safety and environmental risk of commercial field farming.
AeroFarms is building a brand new state-of-the-art global corporate headquarters in Newark, NJ, that will be home to the world’s largest vertical farm. In addition to serving the New York Metro area, they have immediate plans for multiple farms in major U.S. cities and on three other continents, spreading truly sustainable agriculture around world.