Imagine if you could have a cheap, nutritious food source in your home that required no daily maintenance. While it may sound too good to be true, that is exactly what this company is doing.
As a means of tackling world hunger, innovative agricultural company Aggressively Organic has developed “Plant Pods”: a micro-gardening system that can grow more lettuce in a 10-foot room than on a half-acre of farmland.
The Plant Pods are built with a hydroponics-based system that revolves around soil-less gardening. This means that owners only need to water the pods every few weeks.
Not only is this beneficial for busy people who forget to water their plants, but it is also better for the environment. Planting lettuce in the ground requires roughly 25 gallons of water to grow; the pods, on the other hand, only require about 16 ounces.
While hydroponics equipment can often cost thousands of dollars, the pods have been designed so that they cost “less than the price of a large pizza”.
The company’s website says: “Since our goal is to end food insecurity, we had to make a system that literally anyone can afford and use. There are no pumps, no electricity required, very little plastic, and every aspect of our company is sustainable. This website is even hosted on a server powered by wind.”
The pods are built using cardboard liners, a coconut coir disc in which seeds are planted, reusable netted cups to hold the plant, and a nutrient solution that nourishes the greenery.
In addition to being cheap to maintain and produce, the pod food is also more nutritious.
“Lettuce looses 90% of it’s nutrition within 24 hours of being harvested,” says the company. “Now you can harvest when hungry and know that you’re getting the most nutrition from your food. We call this plant-to-plate freshness.”
Aggressively Organic is still developing its manufacturing process, but you can sign up on their website to receive a notification for when they start accepting Plant Pod pre-orders.
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