According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AMRC), more than 90 percent of lettuce production in the U.S. comes from California and Arizona. From salad bars to prepackaged salads, lettuce — of all varieties — has become a main power player in the American diet. But for being regarded as so “healthy,” you’d think its production would follow suit by becoming more localized. Hydroponic produce grower PodPonics is trying to change all that, or at least bring light (no pun intended) to the “issue,” specifically in grocery stores. The startup recently raised $3.4 million in Series A funding.
Ag Funder news reports that PodPonics uses “recycled water, doesn’t require pesticides and grows more food per acre than the traditional farm by using proprietary lighting, proper irrigation and nutrient technology.”
Hydroponic farms have become all the rage, but it’s important to understand the mass benefits of this type of growing — not just for consumers, but for restaurant owners and chefs, as well. For starters, a controlled environment means year-round production, more consistent pricing, and is obviously more eco-friendly. Read More