by Maarten Vandecruys, Urban Crop Solutions
Indoor farming has been around for a while now and organisations of different sizes have implemented this technology as part of their supply chain. But which size of farm actually makes most financial sense? What level of automation should be chosen? Where do robotics come in?
As founder and CTO of Urban Crop Solutions, Maarten will share his insights.
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BrightBox opens its doors for participants of the Vertical Farming Conference and Agrifood Innovation Event in Villa Flora on 23 June 2020.
BrightBox is an expertise centre for daylight-free multi-layer cultivation, i.e. city farming. By determining the ideal growing formula for a plant – light, temperature, humidity, CO2, nutrition, water and substrate – we achieve the best results for the client. A higher yield, for example. A lower cost price, faster production, better quality or more delicious flavour. We research, produce, teach, and share our knowledge. Unique in Europe. In a closed environment, we open up the future of food.
The tour will take place on June 23 during the lunch break between 13:00 – 13:45. Meeting point registration desk. Only 20 seats available – Select the option when you register for the conference – REGISTER HERE
by Celine C.S. Nicole, Signify Research
Plant Factories (also known as indoor farms or vertical farms) are gaining widespread attention over the last few years. Pioneered in Japan, the last few years show an acceleration in the adoption of plant factories in other regions such as the USA, Canada, Europe and South-East Asia.
Leafy greens are crops that are very suitable to be grown in plant factories. Among them are lettuce, arugula and fresh herbs. Locally grown, these crops can reach the end-consumer faster and therefore the freshness can be guaranteed longer.
For those crops which are usually sold minimally processed, it is important that the quality and food safety is fulfilled. Apart from reducing risks from bacterial load and other micro-organisms, plant factories offer the possibility to grow these crops without pesticides.
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Dafni Avgoustaki, Aarhus University, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference, on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands.
Until 2050, it is estimated that global population will scale up to 10Billion people. This rapid escalation of population dynamics creates a lot of difficulties in food production and distribution at a global scale. People have to be fed with nutritious and fresh food and at the same time, this procedure has to sustainable and efficient both for humanity and the environment.
Last years, scientific world is focusing in a new, innovative and promising technology called plant factories. Plant factories can partly solve the problems of food waste and unjustified run-offs in food production, by supplying fresh fruit and vegetables at the so-called megacities (population> 10Million).
This novel type of farming gathers many optimizations from different scientific fields (engineering, agriculture, and mechanics) and promotes the sustainability in food production. Plant factories allow users to cultivate their plants in a completely isolated environment simulating the solar radiation with different types of lamps, advanced ventilation systems for heating and cooling of the cultivation area and hydroponic substrates that are water efficient (up to 90% water economy).
Continue reading “Indoor Urban Farming, the Beginning of a Sustainable Era in Food Production. How We can Reduce the Energy Demand Cost – Presented by Dafni Avgoustaki, Aarhus University”
Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference, on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands.
Today’s rapidly urbanising societies challenge our food system to feed cities. Vertical Farming can provide a secure and sustainable route to provide cities with fresh food. Advantages are: no pesticides, no nutrient emission, only 2-4 litres of water per kg produce, much less land use, less waste, and lower food mileage, though energy use is still high. Continue reading “Vertical farming, a revolution in plant production – Presented by Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University”
The Role of Genetics in Driving Growth for the Vertical Farming Industry – Presented by VK Kishore, Monsanto, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.
In the presentation, I will talk about the role of genetics in driving the growth of the Vertical farming industry. I will share the tools and capabilities we have in the company and our breeding approaches that will help accelerate the innovations in genetics that will be specific for the vertical farming industry. I will also emphasize the importance of collaboration to drive innovation in this area. Continue reading “The Role of Genetics in Driving Growth for the Vertical Farming Industry – Presented by VK Kishore, Monsanto”
Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.
The city of the future will be structurally incomparable with the modernist city. The design practice of the last eighty years has brought us really great challenges that will lead ecologically, socially and economically to radical system changes. This fact enables a much greater commitment by different creators from the fields of art, science and business. In addition, the fact of designing the city of the future is an invitation for all those who have hitherto been difficult to integrate into existing decision-making processes. The necessary supply of healthy food throughout the year affects all of us, especially city dwellers. Continue reading “Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute”
Agrotopia – a living lab for high tech urban and greenhouse horticulture – Presented by Ine Pertry, Inagro at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.
INAGRO is building a research greenhouse on the rooftop of a warehouse of REO Veiling in the city of Roeselare. The greenhouse will demonstrate integration of greenhouse cultivation in urban environments by using resources from the city environment such as energy and water as well as best practices for soilless vegetable production. The greenhouse will also serve as a living lab to exchange knowledge and develop innovations through co-creation, involving all relevant stakeholders in the innovation process. Technology developers will have the opportunity to engage in this co-creation process or to demonstrate their latest innovations in an exhibition room. Continue reading “Agrotopia – a living lab for high tech urban and greenhouse horticulture – Presented by Ine Pertry, Inagro”
Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez , Hexagro Urban Farming, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.
Hexagro Urban Farming’s vision is a future of decentralized food production in urban areas through a sharing-circular economy model that can allow anybody, anywhere grow and access healthy food.
Our first product, the Living FarmingTree (LFT) is a soil-less mini-indoor farm that uses the Aeroponic technique to grow greens efficiently all-year-round without the need of farming experience, complex installations nor time spent in maintenance.
This sustainable solution was developed using Biomimicry; inspired by the Honeybee Hive efficiency in Nature, it allows the minimum inventory with the maximum diversity to provide the best conditions for plant growth while consuming limited water and energy resources. It can be configured in a Tree or in Cubes, to adapt to any space available and different crop-types. Continue reading “Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez, Hexagro Urban Farming”