Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) is a public-private partnership created by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to produce new flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. By focusing on innovative science and technology, the consortium’s research efforts will increase our ability to produce crops that are high-value, of consistent quality, and desired by consumers. Ultimately, PIP can help food producers grow flavorful, nutritious food indoors.
The future of food production faces numerous challenges, including climate change, shifts in consumer demands, and the need for food production in new frontiers. Food production methods must adapt to these changes. One promising food production approach is controlled environment agriculture (CEA).
Worldwide, interest in and funding for CEA and indoor agriculture is booming. CEA offers unprecedented opportunities to improve nutritional content and flavor, crop quality, and production of potentially lucrative phytochemicals. Currently, this interest and investment are largely focused on engineering production systems and energy costs. Yet, one important input in these systems is surprisingly ignored—the plants themselves. Many of the crops grown in CEA have been developed over thousands of years for outdoor production. FFAR is launching PIP to accelerate the development of crops specifically intended for indoor agriculture.
Realizing the potential for indoor agriculture systems can only be achieved by developing a broader variety of crops designed for CEA.
PIP will revolutionize the production of nutritious foods that can be grown indoors, and ultimately any environment, anywhere.
Initial projects focus on: