Bowery Farming Has Solution to Feed Urban Population With Indoor Vertical Farming
The 2010 U.S. Census showed that 80.7 percent of the U.S. population lived in urban areas. How to sustainably feed such a large urban population is an increasing concern for many Americans.
Irving Fain, CEO and co-founder of Bowery Farming, believes his company has a solution to this problem. Using indoor vertical farming, they are growing food that is nutritious, fresh, and close to consumers.
When asked if his produce is organic, he had this to say, “Indoor farming can be organic. Really, it’s not something we focused on at Bowery, not because its an unattainable goal, but rather because we are focused on democratizing access to high-quality, fresh food.”
He continued: “What’s great about what we’re doing at Bowery is, it’s actually the next step forward from organic. There are issues and challenges that can come growing outside even in an organic farm, and a lot of those issues we’re able to alleviate, so it’s an even safer, even higher quality product.”
While touting that indoor growing is an innovation in farming, Fain says that maybe even more important is how his company’s methods are an innovation of the fresh food supply chain. He explains that most food found in stores are anywhere from a few weeks to a few months old.
By locating Bowery farms close to where consumption is happening, Fain explains: “It’s about a day from harvest to when our product reaches the shelves, so it’s a lot fresher, it’s a lot more nutritious, and it lasts a lot longer on a store shelf or in your fridge.”