Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA): More than Hydroponics
With technology evolving quickly enough for science fiction to become an overnight reality, it’s not surprising that news outlets seem to feature vertical agriculture, indoor farming, or hydroponic growing every few days. Futuristic urban buildings that contain lettuce grown in plastic pipes and farmers dressed in lab-coats do make for a great story, after all.
All of this innovation is certainly newsworthy, but the overlapping terms and technologies may blur together for grocery-store shoppers who are simply trying to decipher where their food comes from. In order to clear up this confusion, and make these topics more accessible, it is useful to begin with an explanation of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)—the method of production that FreshBox Farms uses to best provide for its customers.