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Friday, December 23, 2005

Fresh Tomatoes Year-Round

U.S. Functional Foods of Carlisle, Mass., plans to build the largest greenhouse in New England in Madison next year. It will cover 23 acres, and cost $20 million to build.
The facility will employ 75 people when it goes into operation in October 2006, [CEO Paul] Sellew said Friday from his office in Massachusetts.

The greenhouse will incorporate lights for growing, thermal blanketing for production climate control and a water-recycling runoff system, he said. Because it's indoors, there will be no need for chemical pesticides, he said.

"We'll be competitive. Clearly we'll have the highest quality because we'll be able to pick and deliver vine-ripened tomatoes the same day," he said. [Link]
The company will start with tomatoes, but expects later to grow peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and herbs in the facility.
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At 9:35 PM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a Bio based plant? Is it technically engineered or natural?

At 11:44 PM, January 07, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

I really couldn't find much on the Web about U.S. Functional Foods. They promise organic growing procedures, but the original article says nothing about whether the plants will be genetically modified.

CEO Paul Sellew has been employed by companies with ostensibly organic credentials in the past.


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