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This Startup Wants To Build Massive Indoor Farms Near Every Major City

By Tessa Love

Vertical farming has gained a lot of traction over the past few years and is being heralded as the green solution to the growing global food crisis. Consisting of crops stacking in vertical layers, this style of farming can yield more crops per square acre than traditional farming or greenhouses, and also uses less water, grows plants faster, and can be used year-round. 

Vertical farming has another virtue going for it: Because the facilities can be built almost anywhere, vertical farms can be near cities, helping cut the emissions produced by shipping food from rural to urban areas. And that's exactly what the Silicon Valley startup Plenty has in mind.

Plenty is an indoor farming company hoping to solve the world’s fresh produce shortage by building a massive indoor vertical farm next to every major city worldwide. The farms are built with Plenty's patented technologies using LED lighting, micro-sensor technology and big data processing to deliver high yields of local, organic and GMO- and pesticide-free produce using less space and resources than traditional farming.