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Indoor farming's impact on the environment scrutinized amid tech advances

Indoor farming's impact on the environment scrutinized amid tech advances

Amid rising environmental concerns, high-tech indoor farms present a paradox, offering water-efficient agriculture that heavily relies on energy from fossil fuels.

Anna Phillips reports for The Washington Post.

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AppHarvest promised Kentucky green jobs. It delivered 'hell on earth'

The inside story of how the celebrated startup AppHarvest's indoor farming scheme imploded — and took its blue-collar workforce down with it.
tech-enabled indoor farming

The trendy, spendy future of tech-enabled indoor farming

Apps and sensor-laden gadgets are helping farmers shift from the fields to indoor food-growing operations. But these innovations still don’t make it easy.
In farming, a constant drive for technology

In farming, a constant drive for technology

Although real-world data is scant, proponents say robotics and AI will soon revolutionize agriculture.
What will the rise of giant indoor farms mean for Appalachian Kentucky?

What will the rise of giant indoor farms mean for Appalachian Kentucky?

AppHarvest says it’s inventing an industry ‘from scratch,’ but it’s unclear how the upstart will balance its promise to rural people with a move toward automation.
This robot shakes flowers to pollinate them when bees can’t

This robot shakes flowers to pollinate them when bees can’t

It can be hard to get bees to do their vital work in indoor farms or greenhouses. Instead, the plants may need a little robotic assistance to reproduce.
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