Podcast Episode 149: Vertical Farming – Dr. Jenna Bell

May 13, 2020

The Role of Vertical Farming in Making Local Global

Climate change has actually created an opportunity for controlled environment agriculture.”

Crop One is an integral part of the future of farming. This vertical farm company is changing the way we think about agriculture, and how this type of growing system can play a role in food safety, sustainability, and land use.

Indoor farming with Crop One

What is Vertical Farming?

Vertical farming is where crops are grown in vertical stacks and may use a controlled environment to optimize plant growth or farming techniques like hydroponics to grow crops without soil.

It’s estimated that about one third of the agriculture land has been lost in the last 40 years.”

Tune in to this episode to learn about:

  • The potential advantages and drawbacks to vertical farming
  • The role of a controlled environment farming system in food safety
  • How vertical farming technology can be used to boost plant nutrients and yield
  • What planet-based eating is
  • How nutrition professionals can be involved in the biotechnology industry

The intention of indoor farming isn’t to replace outdoor farming, it’s to complement, support, and to fill gaps.”

Dr. Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD

Dr. Jenna Bell speaks about Vertical FarmingDr. Jenna A. Bell joined Crop One Holdings in 2019 as the VP of Nutritional Science. Prior to joining the Crop One team, Dr. Bell led food and nutrition communications as a Senior Vice President at Pollock Communications. During her 13 years with the public relations firm, she worked with large consumer product goods and commodity foods including, Unilever, PepsiCo, Danone North America, Quaker, Tea Council, Cranberry Institute, Bay State Milling, LaCroix and USA Rice Federation. Dr. Bell started her dietetics career in nutrition support at Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services and Southwest CARE Center, HIV/AIDS clinic in New Mexico. After completing a PhD in health and human performance, she became a medical dietetics professor at The Ohio State University. During her 25 years in nutrition, she co-authored the book Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and Launching Your Dietetics Career (ADA 2011). Dr. Bell received her BS in Nutritional Science from the University of New Hampshire – Durham, MS in Nutrition and PhD in Physical Performance and Development from the University of New Mexico.


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