Future of Farming: Crop One’s Joint Venture Will Be The Largest Vertical Farm In the World
Crop One and Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) have launched a $40 million joint venture to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Vertical farming produces crops in indoor farms using technology to ensure, pesticide-free, optimal growing conditions with digital and mechanical, rather than chemical or genetic, plant control. The farms can be located anywhere because temperature, humidity, light, water and plant nutrients are all provided in a controlled environment. Plants are grown in a soil-less growth medium using nutrient solutions that produce fast-growing, healthy plants.
Crop One provides a market leading technology platform for indoor growing.
Our initial applications are in vertical agriculture, retail provision and remote locations. We are constantly innovating to develop further applications.
Growing More, Using Less
With over 7.4 billion people sharing this planet, the demand to change the way we farm is becoming ever more important. Feeding people is the largest opportunity but there are also applications for indoor growing which can transform any number of plant-based industries.
Better than Organic
Year Round Production
As urban density increases around the world, locally sourced food is taking on greater importance. Crop One drastically reduces transportation carbon use due to our farms’ proximity to the point of consumption and nearly eliminates usage of other resources, particularly water. Our processes have a dramatically lower ecological footprint.
Less Resources & More Locations
One of our 320 sq ft growing units can substitute up to 19 acres of farmland and our water usage is 1/2500th of the water usage of field-based growing. Our units can be placed in any location with reliable electricity and a filterable water supply. We do not have to be in a building (in fact, our first unit was in a field!).
Our proprietary information management systems allow us to create superior plant quality with no pesticide/adverse chemical intervention. Instead, we use our digital and mechanical controls to influence plant behavior – particularly with regard to taste, texture and cleanliness.
Retailers and restaurateurs around the world face increased competition from on-line and direct-to-consumer delivery based platforms. Their ability to differentiate is limited as those on-line and delivery based companies increase their on-demand offer to fresh food.
Our growing units are enabling the retail market to provide something truly unique – a “picked-to-plate” experience in store. We have selected various retail partners with which we are rolling out our technology.
Growing in Remote Locations
A variety of customers have approached us about servicing remote location growing. These are locations in which the current produce offerings are either very poor or expensive or both due to the local growing environment or transport logistics (or, again, both!). We are enabling these remote location customers in a number of environments including offshore oil & gas exploration and extreme climates.
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