As countries in the world develop, they begin to move away from agrarian societies to more industry and then service oriented societies. So, inevitably, for the most developed countries in the world, agriculture accounts for an exceedingly small part of their revenue and material generation.
In the US, only 3% of the population is employed in agricultural work. Food has to travel an average of 1500 miles before it reaches a consumer, resulting in food waste, inefficiency, and subpar food quality. So, Farmshelf, an initiative based on the science of hydroponics has decided to take these food miles and turn them into food feet.
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. It’s been around for some time but the mass application of hydroponics for growing one’s own plants had never gained traction because of the myriad technicalities that go into a process like this.
Farmshelf aims to make the process of growing one’s own produce easier by providing interested consumers with the hardware and the programs necessary in order to automate the process. Their success lies within their constant search for optimization and efficiency. Cameras, air sensors, and water sensors are used to consistently monitor plants, and software has been developed that can help adjust nutrients and conditions according to plant needs instantly.
The result? Fresher, better tasting and more nutritious produce that tastes like it’s just been plucked, which it might just as well have been! Moreover, the initiative also reduces waste at astonishing rates, considering that no food is wasted as a result of transportation or spoilage.
Farmshelf is the future of farming, especially for rapidly developing metropolitans where growing fresh produce organically is next to impossible!