Mobile, Ala. — At the rate of population growth on Earth, it is very likely that a few billion more people will reside on this planet in a few decades. Using conventional farming methods might not be enough to meet such high food demand. Fortunately, NASA has spent decades researching methods to address food production, both on this planet and in space. Heroman Services Plant Company, an interior landscaping service provider, is dedicated to keeping its community informed and discussing the benefits of new agricultural advancements.
During long-term space travel, feeding astronauts requires stretching resources in space by minimizing water and energy consumption and removing soil. The first vertical farm in the United States was originally developed by NASA in the field, using such resource stretching methods. Technicians stacked row after row of hydroponic trays like shelves against the walls of a disused hypobaric chamber used to test the Mercury space capsule. Systems were then built to circulate water, ventilation and lighting, and different types of crops were planted in vertically stacked trays to determine if they could thrive with only water and no open air or sun.
This innovative farming technique laid the foundation for controlled environment farming, or CEA. According to Nasa.gov, “CEA combines plant science and environmental control to optimize plant growth and maximize efficiency, frequently incorporating upright growth structures. The technology helps filter contaminants from the water crops and provides precise nutrient balances.Artificial lighting provides only the necessary wavelengths at the right time, intensity and duration.While environmental controls maintain ideal temperature and humidity.
Plenty Unlimited, one of many companies that uses NASA research on plant growth, actually owns a two-acre farm that produces crops on the same scale as a 720-acre outdoor farm, and they use less than one percent of the amount of water that traditional agriculture usually requires. Plenty’s chief science officer, Nate Storey, says the entire CEA industry relies on NASA research and will help feed future generations.
As NASA continues to develop lifesaving technologies for future space missions, the CEA sector will continue to benefit from finding new ways to produce harvest sizes similar to large outdoor farms in much smaller spaces with a minimum energy and water consumption.
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