American agriculture consumes 50% of our land, accounts for 80% of our fresh water consumption, and 70% of water contamination. However, a staggering 40% of the produce grown in the USA is thrown away. What’s alarming about this 40% figure, is that American farms are producing at capacity, but we are simply failing to deliver it before it perishes. This results in over $165 billion worth of food thrown away per year in the United States. Simultaneously, obesity is being diagnosed at record rates, and there is little evidence indicating that this trend will plateau. This epidemic is attributed to the limited availability of fresh produce in food deserts, causing a disproportionate spike of obesity for residents in these areas.
Our mission is to provide consumers with food computers (the Heliponix™ GroPod) to grow produce in the convenience of their own home. Co-Founders (Scott Massey and Ivan Ball) are Purdue University engineers who previously designed NASA funded, hydroponic life support systems for future space colonies. They founded Heliponix™ (formerly Hydro Grow) to provide consumers with the Heliponix™ GroPod to rectify these issues. The Heliponix™ GroPod is a food computer the size of a dishwasher that can grow a head of leafy greens on a daily basis, while using 95% less water without the use of pesticides.
The Heliponix™ GroPod will establish a new precedent of quality by eliminating the need to throw away spoiled produce by creating an automated food computer that allows the plants to flourish in a food safe system until the moment of consumption. This will inevitably eliminate a user’s dependence on a grocery store for most varieties while maximizing nutritional content lost after harvest. The Heliponix™ GroPod will disrupt the way consumers obtain produce by converting highly perishable goods to non perishable seed pods through a device that eliminates the entire supply chain infrastructure, and the inefficiencies associated with it. The Heliponix™ GroPod will fight food deserts by leading the food revolution.
We have created a facebook page through the link below. The best support you could give our mission right now would be sharing the facebook page to your friends to spread the word of our cause (very simple instructions in the second link that shouldn't take more than 30 seconds). Afterall, high volume production is the only way to guarantee cheaper units, so we can all enjoy the Heliponix™ GroPod.