Growing tomatoes in Saltwater

    Ryan Lefers is the co-founder of Red Sea Farms located in Saudi Arabia

    42w ago

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    The future of sustainable agriculture is looking brighter each and every day thanks to technological advancements around the world. One such example is our guest today that has pioneered a hydroponic method that allows growing of tomatoes in saltwater. Ryan Lefers is the co-founder of Red Sea Farms located in Saudi Arabia. Ryan grew up on a farm in South Dakota and pursed an agricultural engineering degree. He is now putting his experience to work by doing his part to help develop technologies that help feed the world. In our interview today, Ryan will explain the process of growing plants in saltwater and what the farmer/consumer relationship is like in Saudi Arabia.

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    SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:

    Ryan’s background and growing up in South Dakota

    Starting Red Sea Farms with Prof. Mark Tester

    Feeding the world in challenging environments

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia

    Growing tomatoes in saltwater

    Using water for cooling in greenhouses

    Irrigation systems

    Salinity tolerant crops

    Plants adapting to saltwater

    Agricultural Engineering

    The agriculture industry in Saudi Arabia

    The future of sustainable Agriculture

    The farmer/consumer relationship in Saudi Arabia

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    Comments (2)

    • Will this method of growth affect the sodium content or any other nutritional values of the tomatoes grown?

        9 months ago
      • Great Question! The sodium content will stay relatively the same as will the nutritional values. But you'll possibly be getting a tastier tomato!

          9 months ago
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