Friday, December 18, 2009

Growing plants indoors no longer rooted in sci-fi

Growing plants indoors no longer rooted in sci-fi
With a growing global population, declining freshwater resources and an increasingly volatile climate, the world will rely on food technologies like this sooner than we realize
by Karen Pinchin
Globe and Mail Update
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 LINK TO FULL ARTICLE BELOW

When it comes to engineering the food of the future, there's a fine line between genius and insanity.

For instance, 50 years ago the prospect that the world's primary food supply would include leafy greens never touched by natural light – or beef grown on a countertop, for that matter – would have been the stuff of science fiction. But if the taste of a crisp spinach leaf that's spent its entire life without feeling a breeze says anything, it's that there's a chance food's high-tech future could be under a roof.

Dwarfed by two-stories of row upon row of brightly lit plants at TerraSphere Systems, LLC's Coquitlam, BC headquarters, the company's founder says he's confident indoor vertical farms will one day provide Canada, if not the world, with all its produce.

“This is growing vegetables at its finest,” says Nick Brusatore with the proud confidence of a successful inventor.


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