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Marks & Spencer extends network of in-store farms

Marks & Spencer extends network of in-store farms, credit. Thomas Samson, AFP
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UK retailer Marks & Spencer have extended their indoor farms to six other stores in London. In partnership with vertical farming specialist, Infarm, M&S has installed hydroponic indoor units that incorporate machine learning, Internet of Things technology, and eco-controlled systems to ensure the optimum amount of light, air and nutrients are used. Growing a selection of herbs, each unit can be controlled remotely via a cloud-based platform, which learns, adjusts and continually improves to ensure each plant grows better than the last one.

Infarm’s solutions offer environmental benefits, as each unit consumes 95% less water and 75% less fertiliser than soil-based agriculture. Each unit produces the equivalent size crop to 400 square metres of farmland, with absolutely no pesticide use. M&S has announced that it plans to continue rolling out in-store farms over the coming months.

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Urban vertical farming facility to be built in Australia

Urban vertical farming facility to be built in Australia, Credit: Valcenteu, Wikipedia
Credit: Valcenteu, Wikipedia



Fresh produce grower Freshero and agtech company RotoGro have teamed up to construct a fully automated urban vertical farming facility in Australia, according to a press release by RotoGro. Construction of the flagship facility should be complete by the second quarter of 2020. Freshero will contribute its experience as a grower of fresh organic produce and distributor to Australia, South-East Asia and the Middle East, while RotoGro specialises in rotational hydroponic garden systems and crop management and fertigation technology.

The fully automated urban vertical farming facility will produce fresh organic fruits and vegetables on a commercial scale. Once complete, the partners plan to expand the project across Australia, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the rest of the world.