Controlled Pharming Ventures Grows Corn in Caves

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Imagine having a miniature farm in your backyard that grew any fruit and vegetable you wanted… pineapples, mangoes, strawberries, tomatoes, kale, grapes. That’s what Controlled Pharming Ventures is endeavoring to do.

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The scientists, in partnership with Controlled Pharming Ventures LLC of McCordsville, Ind., have designed and built a crop-growth facility inside a 60-acre former limestone mine in Marengo, a small town in southern Indian. Controlled- environment agriculture is a system in which all the inputs required for plant growth – light, temperature, carbon dioxide and humidity – are regulated to maximize growth.

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Controlled Pharming Ventures: Corn in a Cave

Drug companies have hailed this new field of pharmaceutical crops, known as biopharming, as a low-cost alternative to traditional manufacturing.  Put tall, summery corn in a cool, dark cave — and Purdue researchers can still make it grow. In a study that they said was “ahead of its time,” researchers cultivated short stalks of corn by mixing the carbon dioxide-rich environment with a dwarf growing technique often used on grocery-store Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies.

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I like to eat clean…when I don’t I feel awful!!!


wow..this is really interesting…i have never heard of controlled pharming.


Controlled pharming…..very interesting.