The Farm Rack technology allows us to suspend the growth cycle of a crop in order to prevent economic and crop loss ensuring that as few crops go to waste as possible. The technology allows food to be grown and harvested when retailers need it, creating a synergy of supply meeting demand.
Health and Environment
All soil-based agriculture – including organic – uses pesticides that can cause cancer in consumers who eat the food and farm workers who work in the fields. Pesticides also harm wildlife and contaminate water near farms. Big Box Farms never uses pesticides.
Many large soil-based farms are located in areas where industrial ranches and CAFOs contaminate waterways and groundwater, and produce is handled at many steps in the lengthy supply chain, from growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, and so on, which leaves plenty of room for food contamination. Packaged salads are notorious for suffering from bacterial contamination. Virtually every company in the industry has been forced to recall produce due to contamination. Our produce is grown in strictly sanitary conditions and packaged on site, so consumers and retailers can be assured that all precautions are taken to prevent E. coli and other harmful bacteria.
Standard practice in the packaged salad industry is to spray produce with a chlorine or chemical disinfectant solution. This degrades the shelf-life and quality of the produce, leaves trace chemicals on your food, and can make produce smell like chemicals. With our growing methods, our lettuce is harvested fresh and ready to eat without chemical washing. Nature made lettuce great, we keep it that way.
1/20 the Water.
Our process uses much less water than conventional field-based agriculture, up to 5% the amount. Because our system is recirculating, we can save tremendous amounts of water, whereas with field-based farms, irrigation water just sinks into the ground away from the plant roots that need it.
Less Than 1% the Land.
We use less than 1% the amount of land needed to grow the same amount of produce using field-based agriculture.
Agricultural runoff is one of the greatest contributors to water pollution and is dangerous to human and animal populations. Because we grow in a recirculating system, there is no agricultural runoff.
Lower Transportation Emissions.
98% of lettuce grown in the US is grown in California and Arizona, which means that by the time it reaches the East Coast and Midwest, it has been sitting on trucks for five to seven days. Big Box Farms grows lettuce within a 7-hour drive of where it’s sold and consumed. We’re not shipping our produce across the country, so we emit less air pollution than our competitors. We build facilities based on how the products are being distributed. Doing so allows our operations to dramatically cut down on greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation.
Arable land erosion is a big problem. Large industrial farms strip the land of nutrients and remove trees, which contributes to erosion and exacerbates runoff. We can grow food without eroding any soil.
Significantly Reduced Waste.
The agriculture industry produces a prodigious amount of waste, sometimes 50% of the food that’s grown ends up never seeing our plate. We produce a tiny fraction of the waste.
No CO2 Injection.
Commercial greenhouse operations often burn fossil fuels to increase the CO2 levels in their growing space, contributing to further greenhouse gas emissions. Big Box Farms’ process absorbs atmospheric CO2 instead of emitting more of it.
By recycling our nutrient solution, which uses just the purest nutrients a plant needs to thrive, we are able to use a fraction of the fertilizer of a traditional farm.