Large-Scale Local Farms for Supermarkets

BrightFarms partners with vendors, supermarkets, and cities to build and operate local greenhouses that cut time, distance, and costs in the food supply chain.

By signing long-term purchase agreements with cities, lenders, supermarkets, and vendors, BrightFarms finances, builds, and operates local hydroponic greenhouses on top of, or close to, its partners. This enables them to harvest produce all year round and sell it to the consumer within 24 hours of harvest. Using hydroponic farming systems close to consumers lowers the environmental impact of food by using 80% less water, 90% less land, and 95% less transportation fuel than conventional produce, according to BrightFarms.

This year, BrightFarms opened a 14,000 m2 greenhouse in Virginia, and is now supplying more than 160 Giant Supermarkets year-round with almost 500 metric tons of fresh, local produce. BrightFarms will open another greenhouse farm in Illinois later in 2016.

Relevance of solution

Food loss is estimated to be responsible for 6% to 10% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.1 Simply getting food from the farm to the table by conventional methods is responsible for 10% of the USA’s total energy budget2 By significantly reducing the distance food must travel, BrightFarms helps reduce both the cost and environmental impact of food production.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

BrightFarms’ greenhouse farms use less overall energy than conventional produce farming, no pesticides, and have no agricultural runoff.

Social

BrightFarms helps to improve health by eliminating the need for pesticides.

Economic

Producing food locally reduces the amount of food lost in transit, which in turn reduces overall food waste, the cost of which is $2.6trillion a year, globally.3


Sources

  1. FAO. ”Post-Harvest Food Losses Estimation - Development of Consistent Methodology.” (2013)
  2. NRDC. ”Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” (2012)
  3. FAO. ”Food Wastage Footprint.” (2014)