Technology in a Vertical Farm/BrightBox – Presented by Peter Korsten, Botany

Technology in a Vertical Farm/BrightBox – Presented by Peter Korsten, Botany B.V. at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

The BrightBox is a research facility specialized on testing out different technical and practical applications surrounding vertical farming. The facility was designed and developed with four partners: Botany BV, Philips, HAS University for Applied Sciences and Province Limburg. This presentation will give quick glimpse inside a real-world vertical farm facility, where we explain all the ins-and-outs surrounding light, climate, nutrition solution and crop growth.

About Peter Korsten  
Peter is one of the founding partners of Botany B.V. which started out in 2003 as a horticulture research facility. Together with a dedicated team has Botany accumulated years of expertise in product development for the agriculture. Botany was among the first pioneers in vertical farming in the Netherlands.

About Botany B.V.
Botany’s experience has enabled it to evolve into a professional player with extensive knowhow and expertise in cultivation and research. We concentrate on testing and supervising product development. Our company focuses on the horticultural sector. Our activities include carrying out research for producers of crop protection products and horticultural suppliers.

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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