LoopFarms: urban agriculture and biogas

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Ensuring access to food is becoming a bigger a challenge, especially for urban areas which concentrate the 55% of the world’s population and the 80% of food production.

LoopFarm is a winner initiative chosen for its contribution to circular economy. It aims to guarantee food security through the cultivation of vegetables in urban areas and provides a solution to the management of organic waste by producing biogas.

LoopFarms has an indoor multi-level hydroponic system, comprised of automated, sensor-controlled modules. It generates the necessary conditions for growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The sunlight is recreated with LED lights that emits the wavelength necessary for the photosynthesis process but with less use of energy. This system allows to maintain control of the necessary conditions to produce different types of crops, without having to depend on the climatic conditions.

This system has semi-automated modules that biologically transform organic waste into biogas. The energy produced is used to keep the production system running, such as irrigation devices and LED lighting. In this way, the cycle is closed and the use of resources, including land, is maximized.

Replicate this initiative would allow to generate transformative changes in the way of producing and marketing food, with positive environmental, social and economic impacts that contribute to food supply in cities, minimizing transportation, the production resources and supplying renewable energy to neighborhoods.

Read more of the history, the experiences and the learnings of this initiative in the article published in “Circular economy and resilience in the cities. Innovative initiatives for a better quality of life” (in Spanish) of the Resilient Cities Initiative.

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LoopFarms: urban agriculture and biogas