Indoor AgTech Landscape: 1,000+ companies innovating inside

Agfunder News maps out at the greenhouse landscape. Firstly, they include greenhouses in the discussion as an indoor growing approach. At times, the conversation seems to be just limited to growing in buildings or containers with artificial lights, what they call “Sunless” or others broadly refer to as indoor, vertical, or urban farming. Secondly, while there has been a great deal of activity around cannabis and alternative proteins such as insects, for the purpose of this landscape we kept to traditional food crop production.

The map focuses on the technology used in production, from seeding to immediate post-harvest activities. They segment the landscape into the specific categories of component technologies, different types of growing systems and growers. They took a slightly different tack for a technology landscape by including actual growers. Many of them are taking innovative approaches to developing, integrating and utilizing technology, so we thought they should be reflected as part of this tech landscape environment.

Indoor farmers, like field farmers, are confronted with real market demands for safety, sustainability, and traceability, and face continuing issues around labor and profitability. Technology has an important role in meeting those challenges.

The image below shows the 2019 indoor agtech landscape.

CEA 2019 landscape

 

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