In an article called, ‘World’s Largest Vertical Farm Grows without Soil, Sunlight, or Water,’ it is said that aeroponics is, “a technique in which crops are grown in vertical stacks of plant beds, without soil, sunlight or water.” With aeroponics and as well as hydroponics vertical farming has taken part and action around the world more and more. As mentioned in the article, “about five new commercial vertical farming operations have emerged over the past few years that use a range of controlled growing technologies to allow year-round harvests of crops that typically have a short growing season.”
These Aerofarms (aeroponic farms) that are being created more and more around the world sell their products free of pesticide and fertilizer. The reason as to why the production is so successful is because customers are attracted to organic produce, and that is exactly what aeroponic farms offer.
In shorter terms, aeroponic farming, as mentioned on wikipedia, is the, “process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil.” Aeroponic systems in these types of aeroponic farms work by using small amounts of water and very little to sometimes no soil. The way the system works and the positives of the systems is that these “water-based” solutions are used to, “promote healthy growth in the plants,” as mentioned in an article called; “Aeroponics 101: facts about soilless growing technology. In these aeroponic farm systems the water, as mentioned in this article, is, “pumped from the reservoir into the micro-jet nozzles which distribute the nutrient solution to the roots at programmable intervals.” Aeroponics are beginning to become the solution to, “filling the growing need to conserve water and energy, as well as healthy food systems especially in the city and high density populations.
What used to be an abandoned steel mill in Newark, New Jersey, is now an Aeroponic farm being created that is said to be the largest vertical farm, with about two million pounds of different types of plants and vegetables a year. The company has spent some, “$30 million dollars to bring to reality a new breed of green agriculture that seeks to produce more crops in less space while minimizing environmental damage, even if it means completely divorcing food production from the natural ecosystem.”