Arizona company using new technology to help solve water crisis

Sam and John Bertram want to change the world, and they’re off to a good start. Their tech company OnePointOne is looking to renew global food production by creating a new way to grow fruits and vegetables.

“I want to channel whatever power I have towards improving humanity,” said Sam Bertram. “The best way to do that is to identify the number one problem on planet earth, and the number one problem is poor nutrition. Our goal is to develop a system that grows the highest quality plants in the world and to sell these systems worldwide for any crop, any market, any geography.”

Family was invited into the Avondale warehouse for an inside look at what they do. The warehouse includes an elaborate plant production system that uses vertical farming and automation to grow high-quality plants without any sun, soil, or pesticides and uses minimal water. At a time when Arizona and other parts of the world are facing severe drought, the system allows food to grow using 99% less water than a traditional farm.

“We don’t lose the water we irrigate the plants with,” said Sam Bertram. “Outside when you water the plants, all the water goes up into the atmosphere, or down into a water table, or runs off into rivers. For us, all the water not absorbed by the roots gets recirculated around and around and around. We just don’t lose that water.”

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