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Chicago’s The Plant Promotes Plant-Based Food with a Facility Built for Research and Circular Production

The Plant is a research and production facility located in Chicago’s former Union Stock Yards. With 100,000+ square feet, the repurposed meatpacking plant is now home to more than 20 small plant-based food businesses that create a thriving, collaborative community. John Edel, the founder of The Plant, says its mission is to close waste and energy loops, striving for circular production processes. The heat from Whiner Beer Co. is redirected and used in other portions of the building, and a few farms, such as Closed Loop Farms, stretch the square footage with vertical farms to grow microgreens used by restaurants in the Chicago-land area. Other tenants include Back of the Yards Algae Sciences and Sacred Serve.

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