COVID-19 has thrown the food industry for a loop, and not just because consumers’ eating habits have changed drastically. Border closures and quarantines have disrupted the global food supply chain and, as a result, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that access to food is becoming limited, especially in places where the virus is prevalent or where significant food insecurity already existed. Plus, thanks to reoccuring E. coli and listeria outbreaks, consumers were wary of their pre-packaged leafy greens even before the pandemic.
Now, retailers from independent stores to nationwide chains are taking matters into their own hands by offering shoppers fresh produce sourced directly from their own stores’ indoor farms—no rooftop necessary. Click through this gallery to learn more about four retailer pioneers in the indoor farming world.