Stores go farming
UK retailer John Lewis is partnering with LettUs Grow to put the latter’s urban farms in stores. The start-up says slotting mini-farms in supermarkets can help fix the broken food system.
Rather than use soil, plant roots are suspended in a nutrient-dense mist, while the farms don’t require pesticides or herbicides. The company says its tech means a 95% reduction in water usage versus open-field agriculture. And deploying the mini-farms in retail stores, can reduce the environmental impact of delivering food from plot to plate, reckons LettUs Grow.
The company says bullishly that it can set-up indoor farms in any environment, from deserts to distribution centres, storefronts to underground spaces.
LettUs Grow was recently awarded £45,000 and a 12-month support programme from Vodafone and the Social Tech Trust.