The current industrialized agriculture system presents a number of issues. Conventional production of food use large amounts of resources and chemical inputs that are both inefficient and unsustainable. Typical monocultural open field production practices, such as over use of pesticides and fertilizers lead to soil depletion, waste run-offs and product quality and safety risks. Some of the produce we get in grocery stores has to travel an average of 1,400 miles from farm to plate. Current industrialized farming methods and the long-distance transport of our food bring negative environmental and health impacts.
Foods have to be picked and transported days before they reach peak ripeness, compromising their taste and nutrition.
The chart below shows the typical distance your food has to travel from farm to plate.
Concerns for healthy living, environmental degradation and food safety are steering many consumers and organizations to look at how and where food is produced. Many organizations and non-profit groups are involved in the development of local farms. The typical challenges faced by many of these farms include:
- Lack of space in inner city neighborhoods
- Expensive production during winter months
- Lack of scalability to meet demand
Top Sprouts grows food where our customers live and work. We provide high quality, same-day picked produce all year round by using abundantly available resources that are present in urban environments. Top Sprouts builds integrated greenhouses on building rooftops to resolve the issues faced by the emerging local foods industry.
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