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That's a big deal. It's a positive change to the food system, when we aren't limited to growing outside in the elements, whatever the elements may be. Inside a beautiful state of the art greenhouse, we can grow crops continuously, and rotate the foods we want.
Whether it's for school lunches, or the emerging health-based care systems, or bridging the gap before and after the growing season for food shelves and food hubs, healthy food improves lives.
So it's critical that we find ways to provide a continuous cycle of local food production. Not just one crop per season. The future of farming was pioneered in Europe by the Dutch, who are now the second largest exporter of produce in the world. Their greenhouses of the future are here now, and have changed the food supply in the Netherlands; a country that is 1/5 the size of Minnesota.
The Dutch have become world leaders in agricultural innovation, pioneering new paths to fight hunger and remove chemical inputs to improve human health. We are replicating that same philosophy and technology to change the food supply here.
Crops every month, all year, quickly increases high volume access to local food. Food that's not transported, but food that's grown where we live.
Here, agriculture and technology meet to grow indoor crops at a crucial time when access to food has changed. The climate is changing. The weather is changing. Transportation and logistics delays, and a lack of quality, fresh, affordable food options make it critical to have environmentally friendly solutions to fresh food that's grown near where we live.
Pandemic Highlights The Concern: When the pandemic began to seriously alter the national food supply chain, the need for locally grown food became more evident than ever before. Even though controlled environment indoor farms have been expanding throughout America, we still only grow a tiny percentage of the food supply. Indoor farms have steadily increasing demand to provide fresh, local food, at a time when weather, transportation, and labor make food more difficult to get.
Food hubs, food shelves, schools and health care institutions need access to fresh food continuously. It goes far beyond grocery stores and restaurants. Food insecurity is real. Kids and families go to sleep hungry. Poverty is all around us, we can do so much more. Instead of a 4 month growing season, we now have a 12 month season of local produce. So we can reach more people. We really can #FeedThePeopleWhoNeed
Food IS medicine. Year-round access to fresh, whole food plant-based eating should be the affordable, easy, accessible first choice. The health and wellness benefits of eating this way are increasingly known. The rise in awareness, popularity, and demand for "Fresh, Local" has never been higher. grown without any harmful chemicals or pesticides, ensuring that you get the healthiest produce possible.
Food as Medicine. Food as a Prescription
The growing trend of Food as a Prescription means that hospital systems and medical practitioners now prescribe and deliver food boxes, so that patients and families have access to fresh food, and are learning simple menus to make real food taste great. Our work makes that possible, every month of the year.
Consumers today are revealing their values with the purchases they make. They want to have a connection to the people that grow their food. As more people realize the sources of fresh food they eat, the more they see how far the food travels. How damaging the toxic chemicals in that food are, for people and planet. The future of food will rely on a system that combines traditional agriculture in fields, where regenerative agriculture will make food safer, and the widespread adoption of farms of the future. Local, modern, year-round.
We have entered a new age in American agriculture, and the future of food. Sustainable growing practices in high tech indoor farms substantially lowers our carbon footprint and reduces food waste. Arcola Farms is proud to lead the way in healing our planet.