Germany: Edeka grows some products in stores

Vertical farming is meant to make the climate-damaging part of agriculture a thing of the past. Fruits and vegetables could also be grown in the supermarket, manufacturers promised.

Customers can spot a large black box with Plexiglas windows stands in the middle of the vegetable department of the Oberhausener Edeka market. The box is a device allows the vertical farming. This is the “greenhouse of the future,” explains Kaufmann Pascal Gerdes. In fact, it is a digitally networked herbal farm in which plants should grow under optimal conditions.

Only a few weeks ago, the futuristic-looking farm was in the store of the Gerdes family. It comes from the Berlin start-up Inform, which is one of the major suppliers in the field of vertical farming. Inform also cooperates with other retailers. The farm is to be tested for one year in the Edeka market. If mint, Greek basil, mountain coriander prove worthwhile articles from a sales standpoint, the farm may remain.


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