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Going upright in Newark, the innovative assets evolve more with less – CBS New York


NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Honored Earth Day On Thursday, CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock takes us to an upright farmhouse Newark that is beneficial for you and the environment.

The co-founder said his company works constantly to improve processes to become better managers of our environment.

Trees are growing in the Newark sky. Arugula, baby kale, amaranth – just to name a few varieties – fill in what used to be the steel mill. This is AeroFarms.

“In the past 40 years, the Earth has lost 30% of its arable land. Here at AeroFarms, we grow without land. Plants don’t need soil, they need nutrients and micronutrients, ”said co-founder and CEO David Rosenberg.

The AeroFarms in Newark (Image: CBS2)

Plants also don’t need the sun, he said, but they need the spectrum of light, powered by LEDs. Everything is planted with aeroponics; Water and nutrients are misted into the roots.

“Ultimately, we can plant plants that give them exactly what they want,” says Rosenberg.

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Rosenberg says they develop more with less. The land is clearly the whole country.

Steven Jeanty, grower, said: “It takes 90-95% less than traditional farming.

He says it’s because the water is in a closed circulatory system. No chemicals are entering the water supply.

No pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides. Ready-to-eat greens. That’s why Murdock dressed up as a surgeon ready to join OR.

Stacy Kimmel, vice president of research and development, said: “We develop on recycled materials made from plastic bottles… We can grow to limitless heights, and that gives us a lot more. more space than any traditional field farm, ”said Stacy Kimmel, vice president of research and development.

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(Photo: CBS2)

By numbers, vertical farming with aeroponics has been shown to yield 390 times more per square foot than traditional field farming.

“We are also introducing additional CO2. Plants are carbon based, so there’s a carbon uptake factor here, ”says Rosenberg.

And the trees can grow into a grocery store within 24 hours.

Now, it’s fast food that packs a healthy punch – for both man and Earth mother.

AeroFarms has partnered with the City of Newark and the City of Jersey to build small AeroFarms at schools and community centers to help eliminate food deserts.

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