Using rotative geoponic systems to grow plants

French company Futura Gaïa is developing a vertical agriculture solution on living soil that could help grow sustainable food in urban areas. Futura Gaia was formed in April 2019 by Nicolas Ceccaldi and Pascal Thomas with a solid commitment to offering healthy products with high nutritional value and guaranteed traceability. 

Company co-founder Pascal Thomas said: “Our main goal is to help the agriculture industry to feed a growing population without using too much water and no pesticides. We design and sell turnkey indoor farms, then we sell a monthly package ‘Farming As A Services’ that include software, recipes and agronomical services and supervision.”
Pascal says the company is concentrating on three major markets; the food industry, cosmetics and pharma. The first farm is already up and running in Tarascon in France since March 2021.

“We are using rotative geoponics. Plus, we have a high level of automation with different robots. With our system of farming, we have noticed the yields and plant quality are very high compared to hydroponic systems," Pascal explained.

The rotative geoponics system is simple. Barely sprouted plants grow inside large rotating cylinders that contain a thin layer of soil. The cylinders then rotate at the pace set by a computer that also controls the level of water and nutrients. The living soil where the plant grows benefits from a micro-dosing of nutrients and a minimum of water.  The vertical farms in rotative geoponic can be installed in existing buildings, for example on industrial wastelands. 

Read the complete article at www.emag.directindustry.com.


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