Mary Ellen Kuhn

At its most idyllic, a traditional farm scene calls to mind the vivid hues of nature. Think rich brown soil and rows of leafy green plants sprouting under a bright blue sky and a radiant, golden sun.

Indoor farming conjures up somewhat different imagery: the slightly eerie, pinkish-purplish glow of LED lighting, metallic-gray shelving units, and sterile white growing trays.

In the bold new world of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) in which crops are grown in enclosed spaces ranging from …

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