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Chinese startup gets in on ground floor of high-rise farms

Sananbio develops techniques and hardware to drive indoor agriculture

Sananbio has successfully grown more than 300 types of plants without the help of the sun. (Photo courtesy of Sananbio)

BEIJING -- A Chinese company expects the future of high-rise farming to arrive in 2025. That's when the costs of conventional farming are expected to match those of vertical farming, when growing food inside urban towers will be able to address population and environmental issues in a more economical way, and when the indoor agriculture market is expected to be worth $9.9 billion.

Sananbio is the vertical farm leader in China, and the market estimate is from Grand View Research of the U.S.

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