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

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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.