Last year we killed a project in automated vertical farming. This image above shows some of the lettuce we grew. 1 in 9 people on the planet suffer from undernourishment so the need for a moonshot is clear. Vertical farming uses 10 times less water and 100 times less land than conventional methods, and you can grow food close to where it’s consumed, so you don’t have to transport it long distances. We made progress on many of the issues like automated harvesting and efficient lighting but in the end we couldn’t get staple crops like grains and rice to grow this way, so we killed the project. If someone comes up with a dwarf species of rice, let us know — because that might crack the puzzle!
The Secret to Moonshots? Killing Our Projects
Astro Teller
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I am so glad that this technology got into your field of attention! But I am still struggling to believe that staples really cannot be growing in vertical farming. I am wondering now if you guys with moonshot thinking and so many resources couldn't achieve this, will we be able to? I would love to find out more about the project if it is possible!

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