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AutoGreens: World's First Fully Automated Robofarm can help to fix the broken food supply chain for fresh greens.

Health beneficial, money-saving, and ecologically positive robotic appliance with absolute minimum maintenance from the user.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

BioDis LTD

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Moscow

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Russian Federation

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Worldwide

What country is your selected Place located in?

Planet Earth

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I live on that planet (as we all do).

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Our planet is a great place. And we don't have another one. So we should have to take better care of it.

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Agriculture may not be able to feed the extra 2 billion people that are estimated to inhabit Earth by 2050. We need to find new and ecologically sustainable ways to increase food production by 70% in the next 30 years.

With the current food supply chain, we lose 25% of the produce during transportation (+25% after purchase - 50% wasted in total - that's insane), and we lose 45% of its nutritional value along the way. We generate gas emissions on production and logistic. We produce a lot of plastic waste - 236.19 million Americans used bagged or packaged salads in 2019, even if every one of them bought just one pack with an average plastic package weight 5 grams it's already 1200 tons of plastic waste. Moreover, we are paying for all that from our pocket along with a markup.

I put together a list of scientific studies on various microgreens https://rebrand.ly/ag-microgreens-research

Regarding all of the scientific evidence, people should regularly consume fresh leafy greens or even better fresh microgreens in their diets. But all the ways to do this right now is extremely inconvenient and wasteful.

Our health and health of our close ones are the most important things. It affects everything else in our lives. And we often know what we need to do to take care of it, but just don't do it for some reason. We forget we don't have time, and we think that we are healthy until something breaks.

So there is also a need to include human behavior into consideration. Because many good systems brake in that spot.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Autogreens provide on-demand fresh greens - increasing nutritional value and reducing food and plastic waste. So we will have 2x more (no more logistic / after purchase waste), 2x more nutritious (greens are harvested on-demand and always freshly-cut) and 10x cheaper microgreens with 0,01% of previously required efforts. With such ease of use, people will consume more fresh and nutritious greens, which can greatly improve their health. And just 1000 of AutoGreens can save our planet from 2 tons of plastic waste yearly.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

I believe AutoGreens can become as common as a microwave. Imagine what impact it can do to a people's health and to our environment.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

To summarize all of the things and a bit more:

Environment: Autogreens can reduce food and plastic waste. 

Diets: Microgreens is a ~10 days old seedlings of plants like broccoli, kale, arugula, sunflower, red cabbage, etc. (there over 100 of them). They are 4-40x more nutritious than their mature counterparts. Due to their nutrition value, microgreens are considered a functional food, a food that promotes health or prevents disease. They show cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogen effects, increase detoxification, low in calories, and high in fiber that so important for our gut microbiome. Microgreens are called an "Exciting New Food for the 21st Century" and regarding all the health benefits that we get from having them in our diet, it seems to be true. https://rebrand.ly/ag-microgreens-research

Economics: AutoGreens can provide fresh microgreens 10x cheaper than the current supply chain. Another idea that I want to implement is the "AutoGreens Lifetime Program". If you buy an AutoGreens and for a long time, don't order the next seed roll, you will be offered to sell it back to us or list it for sale on our website and helped along the way. A win-win system: users don't hold to things they don't use (AutoGreens pays-off by the end of the first 200-days seed roll, so the user can even gain money). We maximize active users and the usefulness of every produced unit. Create an opportunity to buy AutoGreens cheaper its market price (it's easier to find when new and used are all listed on our website). It also a good way to understand UX problems of the device. And if the device is not suitable for further usage, we will help to utilize and recycle it.

Culture: We need to include human behavior into consideration. Because many good systems brake in that spot. People can grow microgreens at home, but let's face it, they don't do it, it's easier for them to buy a packaged salad from time to time. It's less good for them and less good for the environment, but it's easier. AutoGreens make it easier to be better for them and for the environment.

Technology: We live in an amazing time where some of the chores that makes us healthier can be automated, so we can get benefits without the hassle, that previously was needed.

Policy: Another risk with buying or growing microgreens is contamination. FDA recommends not to consume raw sprouts and microgreens, but that way, you lose most of the health benefits. https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/food-safety-by-type-food#fresh AutoGreens has air and water purification systems to eliminate any harmful bacteria and contamination.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Hi there! Your submission is similar to our submission for Free.Tree,
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-system-vision-prize/evaluation-1/free-tree

Although our vision is more focused on development of an open-source database for learned growing, perhaps we can collaborate, as both our visions entail an automated solution!

The best way to contact me is email at geneyllanes@gmail.com

Thank you again for your contribution and I hope to hear back from you!

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Team

Hi, have you heard about the Open Agriculture project from MIT Media Lab and Food Computers? https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/personal-food-computer/overview/
They developing open-source grow boxes with digital growing recipes since 2016.

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Team

This is pretty awesome! Yes, we envision a grow solution for the vision of Free.Tree.

The vision of Free.Tree is to develop the software and data product for growing plants and the reason why I resonate with your idea the most is that I believe sprouts would be the best platform in order to begin collecting data with. With such a quick grow time and the all of the nutrients being supplied within the seed, the inputs into a sprout system are simplified and are the perfect candidate for a learning scenario.

To the point, our goal is data and overall information integration (i.e growth optimization, social farming, phone and web app) Your are on the same path as me, automated food growing in the home. If given the opportunity, I think it would be wise to take both our solutions and combine not only the physical hurdle, but also the data hurdle that these visions entail.

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