Pare che una lattuga tecnologica — cresciuta in ambiente ipercontrollato — richieda l’1% dell’acqua normalmente richiesta da un campo tradizionale, e gli scarti possano venire ridotti al 10% della produzione:
Shimamura says that the systems allows him to grow lettuce full of vitamins and minerals two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm. He is also able to cut discarded produce from 50 percent to just 10 percent of the harvest, compared to a conventional farm. As a result, the farms productivity per square foot is up 100-fold, he says.
By controlling temperature, humidity and irrigation, the farm can also cut its water usage to just 1 percent of the amount needed by outdoor fields.