Wednesday, October 10, 2018

iGrow News, launched in 2015, is the first and longest-running “exclusive” international online news publication for the indoor farming industry. One can rely on iGrow News for timely, accurate, unbiased news and insights.

The iGrow.News portal — as a one-stop site for all things in vertical and urban farming — covers industry-relevant topics including Indoor Vertical, Hydroponic, Aeroponic, Aquaponic, Greenhouse, Rooftop, Container Farming, Residential Systems, Indoor and Urban Farming, New Ag Tech, Education, Finance, Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology.

iGrow’s ecosystem hosts an interactive community for freelancers, businesses and consumers and offers information on industry-related topics such as hydroponic equipment, seeds, sensors, beginning residential appliances for growing, LED lamps, CO2 systems and nutrients.

iGrow’s mission is to normalize the integration of vertical farming into the global economy, and as an emerging publication, iGrow offers free publishing to all companies in this nascent industry.

The initial unfolding of iGrow actually developed decades ago.

My professional career began in the late 1960s with the founding of the first publicly held real estate brokerage company, First Met Realty Corp., with offices in New York City, and a subsidiary urban redevelopment company, Development Corporation of American (DCA), in Washington, D.C. In 1973, First Met Realty was sold, and I founded several other real estate brokerage companies in the metropolitan New York area.

For years, I used my brokering and financing skills in the real estate realm, but with life changes, my wife and I made a decision to rear our children in a culture with more connections to nature and healthy living.

Now I spend my time bringing people together in an industry that promotes health, wellness and sustainability. From providing the latest in urban development for commerce and housing to focusing on innovative ways to provide nourishment and improve our environment, I have worked to be a progressive thought leader and innovator.

Over the decades, I have seen:

— a cultural shift from the consumption of fresh food to the consumption of processed foods.

— a marked upsurge in the use of and exposure to pesticides, herbicides, etc.

— a marked upsurge in decreased health caused by the consumption of unhealthy food.

— a disconnect with the earth and food as a source of direct nourishment.

It is the goal of iGrow to remedy these current realities by promoting controlled environment agriculture (CEA) as part of a healthy global economy.

iGrow continues to grow from a seed of thought to a relevant and disruptive tool that is necessary in the world today. Food is not just for our good health, it is also our most primary connection with the earth. As food researcher and author Frances Moore Lappe has said, “The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps the most direct interaction with the earth.”

Herbert H. Kliegerman is the founder of iGrow.News and serves as its media curator, information editor and publisher. For more information, please write to Herb@iGrow.News. Follow on Twitter @iGrow.News.

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