Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms

Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms at the Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

AeroFarms grows without sun or soil in a fully-controlled indoor environment and has patented aeroponic growing technology for faster harvest cycles, predictable results, and superior food safety with less environmental impact.  Thinking holistically from seed to package, we will share how we have taken a systems approach to biology, horticulture, engineering, environmental controls, automation, food safety, and data science to be able to optimize for taste, texture, color, nutrition, and yield.

About Lisa Newman
An expert in fully-automated plant production and phenomics facilities, Dr. Newman previously served as the Head of the Controlled Environments Department for DuPont Pioneer overseeing greenhouse operations for R&D. She holds a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Oxford.

About AeroFarms
Since 2004, AeroFarms has been the pioneer and leader for indoor vertical farming with a mission of building responsible farms all over the world, enabling local production to grow safe, nutritious, and delicious food. Vertically integrated with expertise across horticulture, engineering, operations, food safety, and nutrition, AeroFarms is transforming agriculture.

About  Vertical Farming Conference 
The Vertical Farming Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition:

Scope: The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply. Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed.Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How can we feed more people on limited agricultural land, with limited resources? How can we best use space, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population? What can zero waste and low energy technologies contribute to food production in an urban environment? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions

Focus topics:

  • Available technologies (LED lighting, sensors, tiered growing systems, Big Data, Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, etc)
  • How to deal with change (from traditional farmer to vertical farmer)
  • Cooperation / Sharing Information
  • Recipes
  • Public Skepticism / Consumer Response
  • Robotics and many more…

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