Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”) is any agricultural technology that enables the grower to manipulate a crop’s environment to the desired conditions. CEA technologies include greenhouse, hydroponics, aquaculture, and aquaponics. Controlled variables include temperature, humidity, pH, CO2 and nutrient analysis.
CEA represents a new way of thinking about sustainable food production and distribution. The benefits of CEA are numerous and far reaching and include:
- High volume, local food production in urban and exurban environments on a year round basis
- Optimal growth conditions eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and harmful pesticides
- Controlled nature of food production significantly reduces water use and protects water quality
- Triple Play™ approach makes CEA energy efficient and cost effective on a year round basis even in colder climates