Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto
| This futuristic vertical farming company is housed in a repurposed steel mill warehouse in one of New Jersey’s busiest industrial districts. The aim is to sustainably grow fresh vegetables in the shadow of New York City, while educating the community about nutrition. The reusable substrate on which seeds are laid is a patented cloth made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Stacked in racks, the cloth is misted, which conserves water—it uses 95% less than what would be required in a field.
Another goal for the facility is to reduce food waste by optimizing production based on demand and to eliminate extraneous parts of the distribution chain. It is estimated that almost 30% of the food production inside the U.S. is wasted—but technology could change that. As a photographer, my work revolves around this transition humanity is facing as we look for new ways to live in the future.
This image was part of the March cover story on waste in National Geographic magazine. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto
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