How one indoor farm is changing how food is grownDARLENE
Jonathan Webb used to build solar energy projects for the government. Now the 35-year-old runs one of the largest indoor farming operations globally, growing row after row after row of tomatoes. His greenhouse is the size of 58 football fields.
“When we do something and we put our mind to it, we go massive,” Webb told CBS News’ Ben Tracy.
He calls his farming operation AppHarvest and it’s not just clever tech talk. It is located in Appalachia just outside Morehead, Kentucky.
“Everybody watch out for Central Appalachia. We are absolutely going to be one of the largest fruit and vegetable suppliers in the U.S. in the decades to come,” he said.
is altering our weather patterns and changing where and how we grow our food.
From 2001 to 2016, the U.S. lost 11 million acres of farmland, mostly to development. That translates to one and a half acres every minute. Across the U.S., only 19% of land is considered “best” for growing food and crops. A lot of the country’s produce comes from California and Mexico. Both places are hit with frequent and devastating droughts. Kentucky has been getting more rain and has location on its side.