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Boston company Freight Farms has created a hydroponic, vertical farm within a shipping container. Freight Farms current model sells at USD$104,000 (approx. NZD$160,000). The farms can be sent anywhere worldwide that a normal shipping container can head to. The shipping containers can create the equivalent produce that a 3.5 acre farm can and only uses five gallons of water a day (approx. 19 litres) which is up to 99 percent less than an average farm that size would. An operating system can control exact amounts of carbon dioxide and nutrient levels as well as water and light schedules, along with climate and temperature. Farmers can use an app to remotely control the farm. A new HVAC system means that water in the air can be condensed and recycled, and in some humid areas, the farms can become water positive.
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