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Silicon Valley Steps Up Vertical Farming To Help California's Agriculture

By Brian Spaen

Droughts are still on the minds of many in California agriculture. Despite the state’s increased rainfall throughout the winter, long-term forecasts show that it will just be a small soothing of the shortages they’ve had to deal with since early 2014. These recent droughts have cost California over $3.3 billion, and the state’s technology industry is continuing to step in and fix things.

Bowery, an indoor farming start-up based in New York, received $7.5 million from a "handful of venture funds," and is one company that's gaining traction in the farming industry. Instead of relying on natural weather, it’s more efficient to grow these crops in areas that can be controlled, be it large containers or greenhouses, through the process of vertical farming. This would not only eliminate waste from weather-affected crops, but it will halt a lot of the needless transportation with some food not being able to be grown in certain parts of the world.

Alyssa Bereznak of The Ringer interviewed the CEO of Bowery, Irving Fain. While taking an edible test of the grown vegetables, the kale really stood out. They explained how Bowery was able to make it perfect.