Controlled Environment Agriculture as practiced by Lakeville is a sustainable, low-environmental-impact form of food production that yields cleaner, safer produce than is possible with conventional field growing methods.
The company's closed loop, recirculating hydroponic systems make highly efficient use of both water and fertilizer, minimizing the use of those resources and eliminating open-field runoff and the waste of moisture and nutrients associated with weed growth. Pesticides and herbicides are not needed, eliminating the dangers to both growers and consumers presented by their common use in conventional agriculture. The close and variable plant spacing allowed by Lakeville's growing systems permits more plants to be grown on less acreage than is possible in the field, as does the company's year-round continuous production process. Most of the Lakeville facility's heating needs are met with waste heat piped from a nearby electric generating plant. Taken together, these factors mean that each unit of food output from Lakeville's Washingtonville facility requires substantially less in the way of land, water and fertilizer inputs than a comparable unit of field-grown produce, while avoiding the risks of harmful environmental and human impacts inherent in much of conventional agriculture.