advantages of controlled environment agriculture

What Are the Advantages of Controlled Environment Agriculture?

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is a modern way to farm that involves growing plants in a controlled environment, usually indoors or in greenhouses, using advanced technologies like hydroponics, aeroponics,  aquaponics, living soil, coco, and rockwool.

Advantages of CEA over conventional farming include better crop yields, more consistent harvest times, and safety from weather, pests, and disease. In this blog, we will look at the many advantages of CEA and why it is becoming a more popular choice for growers and cultivators worldwide.

Optimum Growing Conditions

One of the most significant advantages of controlled environment agriculture is that it offers plants with ideal growing conditions. Growers can make an environment perfect for their crops by controlling the temperature, humidity, vapor pressure deficit (vpd), light, and CO2 levels. This allows for faster growth, higher yields, and better quality of production, which results in increased profitability.

Year-Round Growth

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Another benefit of CEA is growing crops year-round, independent of weather or seasonal variations. This allows growers to cultivate year round, providing a continuous supply of locally grown product throughout the year. This is especially important in places with harsh weather or short growing seasons.

Prevents Damage From:

Controlled environment agriculture also offers protection from various environmental factors that can damage crops, including weather, pests, and diseases.


Growers can safeguard their harvests against natural disasters like floods, droughts, and storms by cultivating their crops indoors or in greenhouses. This lowers the possibility of crop loss and guarantees a consistent supply of produce regardless of changes in the weather.


Indoor growing also allows for effective pest control measures that prevent damage from insects and other pests that can be difficult to control outdoors. This eliminates the need for dangerous pesticides and lowers the risk of chemical contamination.


In addition, CEA can help prevent the spread of diseases that can quickly destroy entire crops. Growers can lower the danger of disease outbreaks, assure the health and productivity of their crops, and decrease exposure to pathogens by managing the environment.

Uses Fewer Resources


CEA also reduces waste and promotes sustainability in the agricultural sector, two areas where conventional farming practices often fall short.


Growers can dramatically lower the water required to grow crops by utilizing hydroponic drip or aeroponic systems. These systems recycle nutrients and water, using up to 90% less water than conventional irrigation techniques.


CEA also enables accurate nutrient distribution to plants, cutting down on wasteful applications of fertilizer that can damage ecosystems and pollute water supplies. This not only saves money but also helps protect the environment by reducing the number of harmful chemicals released into the ecosystem.


Lastly, CEA reduces the need for dangerous pesticides that can harm the environment and people. Growers can produce healthier, safer, and more sustainable crops by managing pests using natural techniques like biological controls and insect traps.

You Require Less Land

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Another benefit of CEA is that it uses less land than traditional farming. Certain indoor cultivation systems use up to 10 times less space than conventional outdoor farming. As CEA eliminates the requirement for row spacing and reduces the need for machinery to manage crops, it is a great option for places with limited space, such as cities and urban areas.

Evaluate Your CEA System

If you want to implement a CEA system or improve your current one, consider consulting with Bract & Pistil, a leading CEA consulting service provider. Our team of experts can guide you through setting up and optimizing your CEA system to ensure maximum efficiency, yield, and profitability. 

Contact us today to evaluate your CEA system and take the first step towards a more sustainable and profitable future in agriculture.

Bract & Pistil team with Growing Belushi Cast

Bract & Pistil featured on Growing Belushi

Bract & Pistil featured on an upcoming episode of Growing Belushi

Check out Jim Belushi on an all-new season of his hit show Growing Belushi, premiering April 5th @ 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel. Bract & Pistil‘s Jeremy Corrao joins the Belushi Team for season 3 as they search outside Oregon for expansion opportunities in the Cannabis Industry.

Growing Belushi Premiere

Statements from the Bract & Pistil Team about their experience:

Jeremy Corrao, Co-Owner of Bract & Pistil 

“The Growing Belushi team is incredibly welcoming and understanding and cares for each other as a family. The entire crew makes you comfortable on and off camera; they are hilarious, good-natured, and genuinely support each other and the cannabis industry. I am a better person for being part of the Belushi Family.”

Laurel Horne, Co-Owner of Bract & Pistil 

“Working with the Growing Belushi team this year was life-changing. I was able to experience parts of the world (and connect with people that have changed the fabric of my being. The crew supporting the show is incredibly funny, genuine, and kind, and I am excited that our company is part of the show and working with the Belushi Brand.”

Benjamin Handwerger, Co-Owner of Bract & Pistil 

“My encounters with the Belushi Team thus far have been nothing short of spectacular. From well-thought-out and methodical planning, clear and concise communication, and precision timing and execution, the entire Belushi crew has been a delight to work with. They are thoughtful beyond the norm of entirety, very inclusive of the plant(s), people, and process that we are so truly passionate about at Bract & Pistil, and thus make it very easy for our teams to align on future upgrades, integrations, and partnerships that the Belushi brand is so extremely well suited for in our industry.“

About Growing Belushi:

“Growing Belushi” is a television show that follows the journey of Jim Belushi and his team as they establish Belushi’s Farm, a legal cannabis farm in Oregon, and work to spread awareness about the benefits of legalized cannabis. The show features Jim Belushi and his team as they navigate the challenges and opportunities of the cannabis industry, from growing and harvesting cannabis plants to creating new products and developing business partnerships.

More info here!

About Bract & Pistil:

Bract & Pistil is a small, curated team of professionals in the Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) industry chosen for our experience, ability to adapt to industry fluctuations, and proven project success. CEA facility design and operations are our niches, and we work with our customer’s vision to create a controlled environment where they can cultivate their dreams.