Running farm equipment, manufacturing and applying fertilizers and pesticides, and transporting vegetables across state lines eats up a lot of the nation’s energy.
Did You Know
- Industrialized agriculture consumes one-fifth of the fossil fuels in the United States and 10.5 percent of the national’s energy.
- On average, vegetables travel 1,500 miles to get from the farm to the grocer.
- Trucking in out-of-state tomatoes to New Jersey each year requires the same amount of fuel as it would take to drive an eighteen-wheeler around the world 249 times.
Energy Efficiency in Agriculture
Aeroponics is the most water-efficient farming method in use today. It uses 65 percent less water per plant than hydroponics. The 10 MILE FARMS G CUBE AEROVAPOR system is even more water efficient.
10 MILE FARMS’ vertical-farming system eliminates the need for heavy farm equipment, environmentally hazardous soil fertilizers, and long-distance trucking. Each self-contained G CUBE is equipped with 10 MILE FARMS’ proprietary water and fertilization system and state-of-the art LED lighting that makes plants grow much more quickly—so you can harvest five times more often than if you employed conventional farming methods.
Although many envision vertical farms as huge skyscrapers full of windows, building vertical farms in warehouses and underutilized commercial buildings in urban and suburban areas is more economical. Growing our food close to home not only saves fuel used in transportation, but also creates local jobs.