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complex in the world. The second-l〓argest is a 0.64 hectare farm in Newark, New Jersey. Vertiy

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cal farming 〓is the practice of growing vegetables and fruits in vertically stacked 〓layers of hydroponic solutions in a controlled, indoor environment. It 〓does not require soil, sun or pesticides, and uses far less water and f〓ertilizer than conventional far2

ms. However, the farm's high-energy cos〓t has greatly limited its scale and profitability. In recent years, Chi〓nese scientists at the Anxi plant factory have mitigated the issue by i〓nventing energy efficient LEDs and recyclable hydroponic solutions, as 〓well as new energy-conserving methods to maximize a plant's growth pote〓ntial. San'an Sino-Scienc7

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e, the company behind the project, says these〓 new methods have cut the factory's overall energy consumption by 25 pe〓rcent compared with its first facility. 0

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"We hope to cut more energy so〓 vertical farming can become a viable way to feed our population withou〓t polluting and straining our already scarce waterU

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