In season 2 of The extent, the character Prax maintained an aeroponic garden on Ganymede. In real life in December 2019, Kroger has partnered with Closeda Germany-based startup, to install modular vertical trusses in two of their grocery stores in Bellevue and Kirkland, Washington.
Aeroponics is indoor vertical gardening – growing and nurturing plants by suspending their root structures in the air.
Aeroponics does not use pesticides, has no harmful waste production and uses 95% less water than open-field agriculture. The controlled growth environment can produce around 70% more yield than traditional farming.
By 2050 there will be nine billion people on the planet. The reduction in arable land for cultivation and the increased demand for organic food will drive the market to create more food in less space.
And the indoor gardening market is booming. In 2018, the global aeroponics market size was valued at USD 578 and is expected to reach USD 3.53 billion by 2026, growing at a growth rate of approximately 25.60% from 2019 to 2026.
At the Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2020, in Las Vegas, LG will bring aeroponics to the consumer with its new indoor vegetable growing device.
The built-in column-style indoor gardening appliance, which looks like a refrigerator with a glass door, features advanced light sensors, temperature and water control, and a smartphone app from growth monitoring to help manage and monitor plants.
In a prepared statement, LG said the indoor garden device replicates optimal outdoor conditions by matching the temperature inside the insulated cabinet with the time of day.
The system also uses LED lights, forced air circulation and wick water management to allow seeds to quickly turn into usable ingredients. The modular system can hold up to 24 all-in-one seed packets.