Robots go farming
Iron Ox has launched the first robot-driven farm in the US. The firm’s indoor hydroponic plant, located close to San Francisco. is aiming to grow 26,000 heads of leafy greens a year
The 15-person-strong workforce is toiling together with a team of robots that shift the plants around the facility as they grow, while mechanical movers transport the huge hydroponic water-filled trays.
Iron Ox currently send its output to a food bank, while it also feeds the company’s salad bar. The firm is in talks with Bay Area restaurants and stores on commercialising the crop.
Iron Ox says its hydroponic system uses 90% less water than traditional farming while growing 30 times the amount of crops per acre of land.
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