Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.
While the demand for high quality, low impact food is rising; arable land close to market is declining. Novel farming techniques are implemented such as closed loop irrigation and LED lighting, though one seems to rely on traditional horticulture substrates. Water retention, quality consistency, recyclability and ecological footprint are downsides of today’s substrates and we feel the textiles may offer new solutions for next generation farming. Textile-, building-, environmental- and ornamental plants research groups in Belgium have joined forces to evaluate textile alternatives for plant substrates for green walls, but the developed materials may well be adoptable in agriculture. Continue reading “Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel”
AgriFoodTech Platform is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.
About AgriFoodTech Platform
Moore’s Law is well-known amongst everyone with the slightest bit of interest in technology and technological advancement. Technology will develop and progression will be made and it will be fast. But can society cope with this pace and do new technologies actually enter the market and get adopted to really become a disruptive innovation? When combining technology with food production, one enters a domain where different laws apply. Society, e.g. the general public, has a stronger opinion about agriculture, horticulture, food processing and the retail landscape than they have on football. Therefore, having an open dialogue on AgriFoodTech is important to increase awareness and public support for these advancements. The AgriFoodTech Platform has the goal to facilitate the dialogue between society, NGO’s, business, research, education and the government. Bringing these parties together improves mutual understanding for each point of view. It can help businesses to understand the needs of society, in such that shared value is created. As a very important bycatch, these cross-overs between sectors and different organisations sparks new ideas for innovation. Continue reading “AgriFoodTech Platform is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference”
Japan’s Panasonic moves into vertical farming in Singapore
Japan’s Panasonic Corp, best known for its television sets and home theater systems, wants to feed Singaporeans its radishes and lettuce.
A unit of the electronics conglomerate last week started selling to a chain of Japanese restaurants in Singapore fresh produce grown in what it says is the first licensed indoor vegetable farm in the island state.
The move ties Panasonic’s deeper push into farming technology with land-scarce Singapore’s ambition to reduce its near-total reliance on food imports. Continue reading “Japan’s Panasonic moves into vertical farming in Singapore”
Staay, Philips, Rijk Zwaan to build “first of its kind” vertical farm in Europe
Philips Lighting today announced that Staay Food Group is building the first of its kind vertical farm in Europe, in Dronten, the Netherlands, which will use Philips GreenPower LED horticultural lighting. The facility will serve one of Europe’s biggest supermarket chains and will be used for testing, and optimizing processes for future, large vertical farms.
Ahead of new legislation
The 900m2 indoor vertical farm will have over 3,000m2 of growing space and produce pesticide-free lettuce. With upcoming stricter regulations on the residual pesticide levels in a bag or bowl of lettuce, retailers will need to provide exceedingly high quality, pesticide-free lettuce. Continue reading “Staay, Philips, Rijk Zwaan to build “first of its kind” vertical farm in Europe”
Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.
About Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo
There are only a few places in the world that truly focus on achieving big, radical change. And Brightlands is one of them. Brightlands is a place in the heart of Europe, in the top-tech triangle between Eindhoven, Leuven and Aachen.
It’s a place where researchers and entrepreneurs tackle global challenges in the fields of materials, health and nutrition.
At Brightlands, leading international companies and institutes work together on healthy, sustainable solutions that crosses scientific, geographical and organizational boundaries. Continue reading “Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference”
HortiBiz is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.
HortiBiz was introduced in 2012 and consists of the online news portal HortiBiz.com, a free daily digital newsletter and HortiBiz magazine. HortiBiz focuses on the international horticulture and reports mainly about greenhouse grown vegetables, strawberries, flowers and potted plants. Specific themes such as technique, innovation, cultivation, crop protection, etc. are regularly discussed. Stories and articles are written by Dutch editors and international based writers. HortiBiz magazine can be received in print by subscription, but can also be read for free on computers, tablets and smartphones.
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Behind a vault-like door, the long, windowless room has the same purple glow as the cabin on a Virgin America flight. Instead of passengers, the space is filled with row after row of plants, each growing under a carefully calibrated series of red and blue lights. Continue reading “LED “Recipes” Help Crops Grow Faster in Massive Netherlands Farming Lab”
Indoor farms grow vegetables sustainably and locally in areas where traditional field farming is not possible; lighting system uses 85% less energy than traditional systems. Continue reading “Philips & Green Sense Farms Usher in New Era of Indoor Farming with LED ‘Light Recipes’ That Help Optimize Crop Yield and Quality”
At The Plant, a group of food businesses runs in awe-inspiring harmony. A fish farm fertilizes the plants. A new brewery supplies carbon dioxide to help plants grow. And refuse from the cheesemaker feeds a digester that powers the whole operation. Continue reading “Inside An Old Chicago Packing Plant, Inspiring Proof That Urban Indoor Farming Can Succeed”