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US (NY): Ultra-local Brooklyn-based aquaponics operation has national agenda

Originally founded in 2013 as Edenworks and previously known as Seed & Roe, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.-based Upward Farms takes an ecosystem-based approach to its aquaponics operation, which produces microgreens and “mercury-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free” striped bass, rated as a “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

In an interview with SeafoodSource, Upward Farms CEO Jason Green described the company’s whole ecosystems as "a paradigm shift in productivity and scalability compared to status quo production methods dependent upon synthetic chemicals".

The company has had success selling its greens into Brooklyn grocery outlets including Whole Foods Market, but has not yet sold any fish commercially. Green said the company has a “20-year vision to create a sustainable future for the food system by advancing the importance of the microbiome in both indoor and outdoor agriculture”.

Upwards Farms recently closed on more than USD 15 million (EUR 12.8 million) in new funding, led by an investment from Prime Movers Lab.

Read more at SeafoodSource (Cliff White)

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