Carbon-negative Controlled Environment Agriculture offers a unique set of solutions to food safety and security, growing produce independently of seasonality and other external, market-led forces.
With an emphasis on food safety and security, ESG facilities will deliver 40,000 pounds / 20 tons of fresher, higher-quality produce more quickly and less expensively than current means, to nearby major urban markets every weekday. Our platform is designed for high-level production to meet regional needs, including schools, hospitals, and food deserts. ESG will mass-produce up to 50 types of certified organic crops.
As of 2017, 55% percent of fresh fruit and ~31% of vegetables were imported into the U.S. according to USDA Economic Research Service. The main US growing areas are 2,600-3,000+ miles from the US Northeast. As a result, produce coming from these locations typically reaches East Coast distributors and grocers 7-10 days after harvest, has a very short shelf life, and a high risk of spoiling before it can reach the consumer.
Vulnerabilities in our food supply chain, as exposed by COVID-19, must be addressed to support greater food safety and security. ESG’s facility Biosafety Design will include MERV-17 air filtration, implementation of Biosafety Levels (BSL), and operational practices including the use of automation/AI to augment workers to maintain hygiene, personal protective equipment, automated processing and packaging.
Beyond Net Zero, Carbon-Negative Agriculture
The 385,000 square-foot beyond net zero, carbon-negative controlled-environment grow facility, adjacent solar farm, anaerobic biodigester, and gasifier will generate clean renewable energy on-site for all of ESG’s power needs and benefit the surrounding community as well through dairy farm waste remediation and other waste-to-energy conversion.