As the produce industry is being plagued with romaine lettuce recalls due to dangerous E. coli bacteria contamination concerns, Living Greens Farm, which employs aeroponic growing methods, says it continues to fulfill customer demands and fill hundreds of reseller shelves with safe romaine lettuce.
The Faribault, Minnesota-based company has outlined its solutions to the contaminant causes according to The Washington Post:
- “Birds making frequent flights overhead”
- Living Greens Solution: There is no exposure to wildlife and pests due to the secure nature of an indoor farm.
- “Low-lying fields flooding with contaminated water”
- Living Greens Solution: Water is controlled and monitored 24/7 via automated systems to ensure plants receive only what they need. Living Greens Farm also completely distills the water before it reaches the plants and then goes even further by using UV filtration as part of its irrigation systems.
- “Farmworkers who don’t wash their hands”
- Living Greens Solution: All Living Greens Farm technicians operate in a near-clean room environment, which follows strict food safety guidelines that are regularly, independently audited.
- “Farm equipment that has manure on it”
- Living Greens Solution: Living Greens Farm doesn’t require any heavy farm equipment for harvesting, and manure is nowhere to be found in the farm.
Living Greens Farm produces its lettuce from a state-of-the-art, indoor aeroponic growing process. Aeroponic does not use soil, pesticides or herbicides. Only natural nutrients are used, along with air and water. Typically, within one day of harvest, the company’s lettuce is shipped fresh from the indoor farm to their valued resellers, which Living Greens says keeps their shelves stocked with safe, disease-free and bacteria-free lettuce.
“Our team is obsessed with consistently producing the freshest and healthiest lettuce and micro-greens made on the planet, says Ken Sourbeck, GM at Living Greens Farm.