Iron Ox redesigned the farm from the ground up to help reduce the environmental impacts that are harder to control in large-scale outdoor systems. From greenhouse gas emissions to water use and fertilizer runoff, the Iron Ox system is designed to tread more lightly on the environment (with help from robotics and a broad technology platform).
No two farming systems impact the climate in exactly the same way. In general, greenhouse gas emissions from fruit, herb, and vegetable crops come from processes like fertilizer use, soil tillage, machinery operation, and supply chain steps like packaging and transit. In the Iron Ox system, we can skip some of those steps completely. In technical terms: we can decarbonize where other farms can’t.
Our farms still have greenhouse gas emissions to reduce and remove – that’s why our use of natural sunlight, our renewable energy plan, and our future greenhouse designs are so important. It’s all part of our net-zero plan.
A final note: as bad as some farming is for climate change, climate change is pretty bad for all farming. Climate change is causing unpredictable weather patterns, higher temperatures and generally creating a lot of water management problems for farmers. That’s why Iron Ox is building a technology platform that can increase the number and range of crops that grow indoors in controlled environments. For food, climate change adaptation is just as important as climate change mitigation.
Want to learn more about agriculture and the environment? Here are some resources to check out:
- Food production uses 70% of the world’s available fresh water (92% if you’re counting the rain).
- The world population is growing (with about 70% more food demand expected), and our diets are changing a lot. Source here.
- By the end of the century, one-third of food production is at risk from the environmental changes caused by climate change. Source here.
- Food loss and waste is a huge (and avoidable) cause of GHG emissions. More here.
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