Rethinking salad, transforming agriculture
It’s easy to associate healthy food with all things good, wholesome and sustainable. We’ve all done it. If a food is certified organic, for example it’s easier to imagine that it is packaged in a sustainable material, for example. But when it comes to agriculture and especially salad, it’s not that simple.
Salad greens are some of the most nutritionally dense foods in the grocery store. They offer hard to find micronutrients as well as fiber, and they’re delicious too. But as the good food movement progresses and consumers become more curious about where their food comes from, and the environmental and societal toll it’s production and transport takes, it’s time to ask, what really goes into the salad bowl?
We’re transforming agriculture. That’s what we always say on our website, in our press releases and on all of our social media. It’s something we believe in strongly and when it come to salad greens, it is much more necessary than you may think.
Most salad greens in America come from the Salinas Valley in California, Yuma, Arizona, or Mexico. Salinas is often labelled the “Salad Bowl of America” — and if you’re eating one on your lunch-break right now, that’s more than likely where the lettuce came from.
Two thirds of leafy greens eaten in America grow in the Salinas Valley and Americans are eating more and more salad every year. Recent droughts have caused agricultural operations to tap new sources for irrigation water — taxing natural reserves and changing the water table of the area, possibly forever. 20 percent of the wells in Salinas have dangerous levels of nitrates from pesticide runoff, presenting both public health and food safety risks.
At the end of the day, the salad that is healthy for our bodies, is actually hurting our environment. AeroFarms wants to change all of that.
We use patented aeroponic technology to mist the roots of leafy greens with water and nutrients in a fully-controlled, indoor environment. AeroFarms technology is a closed-loop system, recycling water and nutrients with virtually zero waste. Our aeroponic system uses 95% less water than field farming and 40% less than hydroponics to grow perfect produce faster and more efficiently with zero pesticides.
A system of agriculture that does not tax precious natural resources is key to a future that includes the healthy foods on which people rely, and our natural resources that are being taxed at an unsustainable rate.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing more about how our system could change agriculture as you know it. Many folks call it the future of food, but on our team, we know the future is already here.