Indoor farming isn't just for the rich

Indoor farming isn't just for the rich

Historically costly indoor hydroponic farms are becoming more accessible to small-scale U.S. farmers.

Why it matters: While extreme weather exacerbated by climate change hurts crop yields, some small farmers are turning to ag-tech solutions that have long been sequestered from anyone but the rich.

The big picture: Indoor hydroponic farms, or just indoor farms, are tech-driven, weather-controlled production sites that grow crops in nutrient solutions rather than soil.

  • They use less water than traditional farming methods and take up less space — and are popping up everywhere from Alabama to Hawaii.
  • Axios' Jennifer Kingson writes that while indoor growing can't completely replace outdoor growing for crops like lettuce, it's expected to start filling in when climate change leads to more outdoor crop failures.
  • Nearly two-thirds of farmers surveyed across 15 U.S. states reported sizable crop and income loss due to drought conditions last year, per the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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