Growtainers: Portable Farms of the Future?

[ 0 ] April 4, 2015 |

Overproduction in food and farming has always been a problem for the United States. While we suffer from having more supply than demand, so many other countries suffer from famine and lack of sufficient food supplies. Gordon Bronson is hoping he has found a solution to the problem with his new agricultural product, the Growtainer, a revolutionary agricultural product built to grow organic fruits and vegetables inside recycled shipping containers.

WATCH as Gordon Bronson, Director of Partnerships for Growtainers, talk about how his innovation can grow almost anything, anywhere, and how it has the potential to truly revolutionize food production:

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imagesThese days, many companies, groups and individuals are giving back to society or to less fortunate of their communities. That mantra is no different with Bronson’s new concept of the Growtainer.

“Growtainers is a technology to be able to grow organic fruits and vegetables inside recycled shipping containers using high density hydro-phonics and LED lighting,” explains Bronson. These Growtainer units can be sealed up and placed anywhere on the planet and grow in virtually any condition. These containers have been specifically modified to provide the optimum controlled vertical environment for growing a wide range of horticultural and agricultural products in all environments and climates. The results are a significantly higher yield in a shorter time than all conventional production methods.

What that means for the future of agriculture is that countries that didn’t have access to good farming will now be able to grow any kind of food they want, “right in their own backyard,” he said.

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Bronson says that the U.S. spends more than $4 million a day in taxpayer money on foreign food aid. “We want to change that,” he added. “We want to help countries that traditionally haven’t been able to feed themselves – be it from drought, or natural disaster – be able to localize food production.”

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While Bronson’s main goal is to help suffering countries boost their food supplies, the Growtainer can be used by all sorts of different people – whatever the reason. Restaurant owners, for example, who want to grow their own ingredients that can’t be found locally can do so with a Growtainer. Families who are interested in growing their own organic fruits and vegetables at home should also consider investing in a Growtainer. They aren’t on the market just yet; the first 40-foot Growtainer prototypes are growing 15 different kinds of lettuce at Texas A & M Agrilife Research Center in Dallas.

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About Gordon Bronson: Gordon was appointed by Mayor Cory Booker to develop a new office within Newark’s city government focused on catalyzing innovative partnerships to advance economic development and tackle social problems. Previously Gordon worked at the White [...]
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