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One grower's $17 million quest for a greener tomato: Being the first to take a certain type of energy-efficient

One grower's $17 million quest for a greener tomato: Being the first to take a certain type of energy-efficient

More than 15 years ago, Casey Houweling ventured from his native Canada to start raising his tomatoes in the Southern California sunshine. From Romas to grape tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine, Houweling’s Tomatoes grows a wide range of GMO-free varieties at its outpost in Camarillo, Calif. in addition to its original facility in British Columbia, Canada. It’s a massive operation. Each year, rows and rows of plants inside the company’s glass-enclosed greenhouses produce over 108 million pounds. Growing the tomatoes hydroponically -- without the use of soil -- enables Houweling to use less water, yield more on less land and save money. He has also outfitted his greenhouses with solar panels, reuses water and recycles or composts the majority of the company's waste. Over the last three years, Houweling has aimed to boost productivity even more -- and reduce his environmental...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2012/08/30/17million-quest-g...

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