A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting

A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Vertical farming technology has been introduced in Japan and in the USA for growing vegetables and soft fruits. Soon the first commercial farm in Europe will open. With a well-controlled environment, new health benefits, food safety, pesticides free, optimized nutrients and increased shelf-life can be offered to consumers. With the progress of LED lighting efficiency and the knowledge of light-plant interaction, a better quality control can now be achieved together with improved energy efficiency.  Growth strategies combining crop quality attributes (e.g. color, nutrients, shelf life) with efficient growth are key for economic viability of plant factories.

About Céline NICOLE
Plant scientist researcher at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions for 8 years and at Philips Research for 16 years. Expertise in plant science and technology. Specialist in nutrition, growth and pre- or post-harvest quality of various horticultural crops under LED lighting. Responsible laboratory manager of R&D cityfarming facility in the GrowWise research center.

About Philips Lighting
Philips Horticulture LED Solutions consists of a team rooted in Horticulture and lighting technology that stands for solutions that improve the business of growers. We combine crop growth knowledge and lighting technology to create customized light recipes for growers and apply lighting technology to crop farming for over 75 years.

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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