Dark Farming

The Lempert Report
August 10, 2022

Phil: So another scientific study has come out that what they're saying is that food can grow in the dark. That it doesn't need the natural photosynthesis that takes place. And it can actually grow foods faster in the case of algae, four times faster in the case of yeast, 18 times faster, and it uses less physical space and energy than traditional agriculture does. And you know, now with climate change, with not being able to find labor to work on farms, this is really something that's very important, for the industry to pay attention to. 

Sally: Yes, this is so interesting, you know, they're calling it an artificial photosynthesis process. And so, you know, they're in instead of using the natural sun, they've come up with another process to capture acetate, which can be carbon. And apparently yes, it is more efficient. I was surprised to find out in reading about this, that only 1% of the sunlight is actually actually captured for carbon in crops. And so this is a great breakthrough, especially as you know, we're looking at our land space dwindling and, you know, farmers are trying to grow more food with less resources to deal with. 

Phil: Absolutely. And, you know, just being able to have a more controlled environment is critical. When we look at, you know, all the heat waves that we're having, we look at all the flooding, you know, everything that's going on, we've gotta move more indoor farming and be less reliant on mother nature.