Tech companies that are more familiar to us as electronics manufacturers are beginning to branch out into indoor gardening, using their tech skills to grow veggies as well.

Over the last few years, we’ve started to see names such as Panasonic, Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, and Sharp pop up in our news feeds, but not for their latest electronics, it’s the vegetables they’re growing that surprises me.

I think that a lot of us who tend to prefer that our food comes from the soil, and be grown under the sun somewhere nearby,by someone that we might possibly know, with minimal chemical applications. As much as I like to grow my own food, and to support small local organic growers,  I still need the grocery store for many of the things I eat, especially in the off season that’s why I have a indoor vertical garden now so I can grow in the winter months.

Creating more indoor vertical gardens and more food production centers closer to where the market is, whether they are traditional outdoor growing areas,  indoor hydroponic and aquaponics systems or empty lot gardens, can go a long way toward building a local food system. However, considering that cities don’t have acres of farmland to work with, any type of food production done in urban areas needs to be very efficient, in terms of how much produce can be grown in a area. Indoor gardens and vertical growing methods, in conjunction with indoor lighting and climate controlled grow rooms will produce amazing yields.

One thing tech industry is really good at is automation and building efficient methods for production, which are necessary for a thriving indoor garden, and this surge toward indoor gardening and local food production has been getting some attention from that sector. By applying their knowledge to create efficient and productive indoor gardens, some tech companies are jumping into the brave new world of factory farming.

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