Students and scientists at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, are working on a solution: a container farm that can grow as much produce as more than an acre of land. “Kale, basil, arugula, bok choy, you name it, we’ve probably got it going,” said Jordan Collins, a UA graduate student and Biosphere 2 technician.

Right now, with just one farm,” the B2 teams is growing 800 heads of lettuce a week. It does everything hydroponically and gives these lush, green walls of produce all the light, temperature control, and nutrients they need.

“Grocery stores maybe want to put something like this in their parking lot,” Collins said. “They’re directly reducing carbon emissions and putting produce back into the grocery store right away faster turnaround.” That’s why a student group voted to fund this high-tech grow the project with a grant. They see it as an investment in the future: theirs and all of ours.

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