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Cheaper LED lights may make locally grown shine

06/06/2014 10:07:00 AM
Chuck Robinson

Mr. Tiktinsky, I know you have been working with economic development people on a site near the Missouri River, but you really should consider the caves.

“This form of farming could become widespread for leafy greens and other high-value crops,” suggests the writer of The Economist article.

I think the larger operations in Leamington, Ontario, are showing us it really can be done. Also, more tomatoes and other produce items are being grown in Mexican greenhouses.

Once upon a time a year-round supply of fresh, locally grown produce seemed impossible in places where residents contend with cold winters. Now, it looks possible. I wonder what would it take for local production to undercut the bigger, international operations.

Maybe cheaper, energy efficient LED lights are part of the answer.

crobinson@thepacker.com

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