Using animal-based products also introduces a second life form into the plant production system, complicating food safety, Fambro said.
In addition, using a vegan-based production system allows the company to market to consumers who for personal or religious reasons oppose killing animals.
As with every crop grown, each step along the way is entered into the computer and tied to a batch number. Not only does this provide for traceability, but it also allows the operation to improve the growing process, Fambro said.
If a propagator, for example, isn’t doing his or her job and yields suffer, the cause can be traced back.
Having all of the data at the touch of a computer also allows the company to schedule production just in time to meet customers’ orders.
Famgro sells to individual local retailers, Whole Foods in Southern California and foodservice as well as through wholesaler LA & SF Specialty, Los Angeles.