A low input high yield indoor food production module
Food shortages around the world affect hundreds of millions of people daily due to environmental and political issues. New technologies are needed to improve the quantity and quality of food in resource-limited areas.
Globally, about 690 million people regularly go to bed hungry, which is expected to rise to more than 890 million by 2030. Food shortages are commonly caused by drought, pests, too much rain, land shortages, and political unrest. As a result, there is an unmet need to develop new technologies that can help increase the quantity and quality of food in areas with limited resources.
This technology describes a high-efficiency food production system developed for extreme environments with scarce resources. It comprises a modular growth unit that can be expanded with two enclosed chambers between three layers. The plant canopy chamber is positioned between a lighting panel layer and a plant holding panel. In addition, humidity and temperature can be electrically controlled to adapt to varying conditions and plant types.
Food production in resource-stricken areas like disaster zones, urban food deserts, space exploration, and regions with extreme cold.
This technology potentially improves the efficiency and productivity of food production for vertical farming in resource-limited environments. In addition, it generates less waste than conventional food production systems.
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)
Dahlman, Jason "Jay"