Light recipe research opens new opportunities in the food chain, never before possible in horticulture history – Interview with Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Celine Nicole

Light recipe research opens new opportunities in the food chain, never before possible in horticulture history – Interview with Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Dr. Celine C.S. Nicole is Senior Plant Research scientist at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions. She has expertise in physics, plant science and technology. Celine Nicole is expert on optics and thermal management and specialist in nutrition, growth and pre- or post-harvest quality of various horticultural crops under LED lighting. She is laboratory manager of R&D cityfarming facility in the GrowWise research center and is also in charge of open innovation and supervision and co-promotion of University students. Celine Nicole will speak about Light recipes enabling sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens during the Vertical Farming Conference, on June 27, 2018.

What drives you?

It has been my drive for many years to work on research that is directly relevant for the society. I also like Hippocrates quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Consumers today want fresh produce year-round, locally grown without pesticides and of high nutritional quality. With LED light recipes used in vertical farming it is becoming possible to increase production yield and at the same time deliver a highly nutritious product. Continue reading “Light recipe research opens new opportunities in the food chain, never before possible in horticulture history – Interview with Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting”

Smarter cities & vertical farming can serve as gateway technology to accelerate climate change resilience – Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Henry Gordon-Smith

Smarter cities & vertical farming can serve as gateway technology to accelerate climate change resilience – Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Henry Gordon-Smith is Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting. He is an acknowledged global thought leader in the emerging vertical farming industry. In 2011, he started the blog Agritecture.com and in 2014 he started Blue Planet Consulting (now Agritecture Consulting) to provide expert guidance on planning and launching urban agriculture projects. Henry grew up around the world and has a unique capacity to develop creative solutions to local and global problems. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. On Jun 27, 2018, he will speak about How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream at the Vertical Farming Conference during Agri-Food Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

I have a vision of cities that can stand the test of time and climate change. What drives me is knowing that we can create smarter cities and vertical farming can serve as a gateway technology to inspire, engage, and accelerate climate change resilience. Continue reading “Smarter cities & vertical farming can serve as gateway technology to accelerate climate change resilience – Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting”

Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Lighting Research

Background cityfarm Philips Horticulture LEDs

Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Lighting Research

Céline Nicole, from Philips Lighting Research will present her vision on the developments of Vertical Farming using LED lights on the 28th of June, at the Vertical Farming Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Plant scientist and researcher Céline Nicole worked at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions for 8 years and at the Philips Lighting Research for 16 years.

Since the year 2000, vertical farms have been introduced to grow vegetables and soft fruits. As LED lights became increasingly efficient they have become the light source of choice for commercial scale vertical farming.

How has vertical farming become so efficient? Continue reading “Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Lighting Research”

Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace

Ecological farming

Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace

Herman van Bekkem discusses the Greenpeace vision for ecological farming and especially Vertical Farming in Europe’s main cities, on the 28th of June, at the Vertical Farming Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Herman van Bekkem is an agricultural expert with Greenpeace and tries to educate the agricultural sector for ecological farming on the seven principles set up by Greenpeace. (The report on the Greenpeace vision for ecological farming, and the seven principles, can be downloaded freely from their website)

“There are many pros and cons regarding Vertical Farming, but this development offers the possibility to use far less pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed. This way the impact on the environment is reduced as well which is a great benefit. But the question is if Vertical farming is the solution to many of the agricultural challenges, as we know them today,” says Van Bekkem. Continue reading “Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace”