Are High-Tech Tabletop Farms the Future of Food?

A new generation of pantry gardens takes local produce to the next level—but do they have a future in every kitchen?

Should your kitchen be a farm? With food transportation and waste accounting for as much as 30 percent of a home’s carbon footprint, that plastic clamshell of spinach transported by truck is a prime target for carbon cutting. Buying only locally grown veggies and diligently recycling containers helps, but if you grow greens yourself, there’s no transportation, no packaging, and much less food waste. But what if you don’t have outdoor space? Or you’re horticulturally challenged? There may be a solution—a living pantry.

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