Blog Post #329 So, where did this lettuce come from?

Where did this lettuce come from?

Part of this comes the May 14 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek and from

We have had warnings about romaine lettuce.  This article talks about container growing – in particular using the 40 foot long shipping containers that ride on trains and then loaded to trailer trucks.  Local Roots says:

“We design, manufacture and operate the world’s most productive indoor modular farming solutions. We believe the key to a more sustainable future requires eliminating supply-chain risks and undoing the commoditization of the food industry. That’s why our Local Roots Family is building a distributed network of cutting-edge farms throughout the world to grow the freshest, healthiest food possible.

They say that they use only 1% of the water that normal irrigation uses.  The growing process has technology to track growth, water recirculation. They can put the container ‘farms’ at food distribution centers to cut the supply chain to mere hours.  

One of the containers can yield as much as five acres of farmland in terms of lettuce in a shorter time.  

The Local Roots site says:  “We capitalize on our ongoing data collection in order to quantify the TerraFarm environment. Through computer vision and deep learning we created a neural network that diagnoses and monitors plant health, allowing TerraFarmers to streamline quality control.”

Might this be the produce growing solution for the future?  WIth control over the growth of vegetables – not too hot, not too cold, the right amount of water, control over various organisms that cause e-coli and other food recalls.  With the right equipment, people in Bismarck North Dakota can have fresh produce in January grown in their town at a reasonable price.

What do you think?

Could this be a game changer for farming?

Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

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