Modern commercial agriculture is incredibly resource-intensive and opaque to the consumer.
THE DESIGN SOLUTION
HIGH-EFFICIENCY HOME FARMING
agrilution's plantCube lets people grow their own produce in a self-contained appliance the size of a home refrigerator.
"Vertical farming techniques make it as easy as possible for people to access fresh food as part of the way they cook and eat."
— Maximilian Loessl, CEO
Healthier ways to grow healthy food
For all of its advantages in producing large amounts of food, modern farming can leave end consumers disconnected from the source of their food and wondering what has been done to it between field and plate. The agriculture industry is also incredibly resource-intensive, consuming two-thirds of the world's fresh water, using vast amounts of pesticides, and generating greenhouse gases to transport crops over thousands of miles from farm to market.
HOW IT WORKS
At the size of a standard home refrigerator, the agrilution plantCube fits into most kitchens.
It contains microprocessor-controlled temperature, lighting, and watering systems.
This self-contained environment uses 98 percent less water than traditional farming and needs no pesticides.
An Internet connection lets users control, monitor, and share information about their plantCube.
Maximilian Loessl and Philipp Wagner founded agrilution and secured seed funding in 2013. After winning a student design competition, securing sponsorship from the Technical University of Munich, and being accepted for an acceleration program run by Climate KIC, the company produced a pre-production prototype of the plantCube in late 2014.
Q & A
Why is the agrilution plantCube revolutionary?
The plantCube allows any home to have its own vertical farm, making it easy for people to have access to fresh food while cutting the resource consumption and greenhouse gases associated with food production.
How does the agrilution plantCube address the challenge of improving the way we grow and consume food?
The long-term plan is to enable users to grow anything they want, from leafy greens to root vegetables, and to connect users online so they can share what they're growing and how.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRILUTION
agrilution's first phase focuses on designing plantCube to grow leafy greens. Later stages will incorporate fruits, berries, and flowering vegetables, followed by root vegetables. Pre-production models are in beta testing now, with the aim of bringing the plantCube to market in 2016. In the future, the company hopes to offer plantCubes of various sizes and possibly expanding to the restaurant industry.