Crop in a Box



  • High tech meets agriculture meets recycling with Crop in a Box. This $43,000 unit built in a shipping container produces an acre's worth of crops in a very small space using little water and no sunlight. And you can monitor it from your smart phone!



  • Wow, that's pretty cool!

    I wonder how far this could be taken?



  • That would be so awesome in like where I was in Africa. But I bet shipping would be crazy. But there are so many places in the world that this would help!



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    That would be so awesome in like where I was in Africa. But I bet shipping would be crazy. But there are so many places in the world that this would help!

    I don't see any reason that the solution can't simply be applied to a room in a home, no reason to ship anything but the trays and the lights...

    The bigger question is, do they have the power needed?



  • @Dashrender said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    That would be so awesome in like where I was in Africa. But I bet shipping would be crazy. But there are so many places in the world that this would help!

    I don't see any reason that the solution can't simply be applied to a room in a home, no reason to ship anything but the trays and the lights...

    The bigger question is, do they have the power needed?

    If they used solar panels in those areas with lots of direct sunlight this could solve a lot of issues.



  • It's so sad that there are so many solutions to help the world out. But due to government corruption they will never get the resources they need. To ship anything over there is 100% of the value to get it out of customs. To get a solar panel there is about $500 more than one costs here (no one has that kind of money).



  • @coliver said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    That would be so awesome in like where I was in Africa. But I bet shipping would be crazy. But there are so many places in the world that this would help!

    I don't see any reason that the solution can't simply be applied to a room in a home, no reason to ship anything but the trays and the lights...

    The bigger question is, do they have the power needed?

    If they used solar panels in those areas with lots of direct sunlight this could solve a lot of issues.

    Damn.. I definitely do need more coffee this morning, of course, you're right.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    It's so sad that there are so many solutions to help the world out. But due to government corruption they will never get the resources they need. To ship anything over there is 100% of the value to get it out of customs. To get a solar panel there is about $500 more than one costs here (no one has that kind of money).

    Yes, the logistics really don't work for this item. I was just saying in a hypothetical/perfect world sense.

    Not to mention current solar technology is fragile, there are impact resistant and flexible solar cells in the works but those are still a bit off for consumer production.



  • I look forward to seeing where the solar panel progress goes. I know that hospitals there have a terrible time keeping them in good shape to keep power flowing for surgeries etc.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    due to government corruption

    I think that could be said for a lot of things. Politicians don't like it when products hurt either their own investments or investments of those who pay them off to make decisions in their favor. Sadly more and more produce has become unhealthly and GMOs. They are looking at making meat and fish GMOs as well, they already are using tons of hormones in them.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    I look forward to seeing where the solar panel progress goes. I know that hospitals there have a terrible time keeping them in good shape to keep power flowing for surgeries etc.

    Depending on your area they can actually cost you more

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/12/22/3605710/new-mexico-utility-charge-solar-owners-30-a-month/

    http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/2014/12/11/solar-power-rate-increases/



  • In Africa the corrupt just don't want the population to have anything. It's not limited to what they are providing or making money off of. Just nothing. Keep them down and they stay in control.


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    @Dashrender said:

    I don't see any reason that the solution can't simply be applied to a room in a home, no reason to ship anything but the trays and the lights...

    That's actually where the research for this kind of stuff comes from. Believe it or not, nearly all progress in modern agriculture comes from home pot growers. If you try to get textbooks on advanced agriculture, nearly all of the resources are for pot and you have to adapt them to food crops.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    I don't see any reason that the solution can't simply be applied to a room in a home, no reason to ship anything but the trays and the lights...

    That's actually where the research for this kind of stuff comes from. Believe it or not, nearly all progress in modern agriculture comes from home pot growers. If you try to get textbooks on advanced agriculture, nearly all of the resources are for pot and you have to adapt them to food crops.

    LOl at first I was confused, but then by pot I realize you were talking about cannabis/weed... and that makes total sense.



  • We are starting to grow hops on our family farm. The majority of hops progress has been cultivated from the marijuana industry, they are so closely related that many of the same signatures that they use to find grow sites can be used to locate hop farms.



  • @coliver said:

    We are starting to grow hops on our family farm. The majority of hops progress has been cultivated from the marijuana industry, they are so closely related that many of the same signatures that they use to find grow sites can be used to locate hop farms.

    Are hops grown indoors? and if so, why? Marijuana makes since - illegal - but hops aren't...



  • @Dashrender said:

    @coliver said:

    We are starting to grow hops on our family farm. The majority of hops progress has been cultivated from the marijuana industry, they are so closely related that many of the same signatures that they use to find grow sites can be used to locate hop farms.

    Are hops grown indoors? and if so, why? Marijuana makes since - illegal - but hops aren't...

    No hops are an outdoor crop. Mostly what has been discovered has to do with natural fertilization, and cultivation of different strains. Which uses techniques pioneered by the pot industry. I'm not too into it, my cousin is running most of it, but overall it is really cool. Harvesting is the same method they've used since the early 1800's, or earlier, though.


 

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