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Industry outsiders enter the indoor agriculture space

As the indoor agriculture industry continues to grow, we’re beginning to see more and more well-known industry outsiders enter the market. But why are these companies venturing into this unknown terrain?

In addition to rapid growth potential, the CEA industry offers companies an opportunity to apply their expertise in support of a climate-resilient and financially sustainable food system. To better understand the motives of these companies, Contain has spoken with its vendor Schneider Electric about their entrance into the space and the factors that led them to do so.

Schneider Electric is a company that provides energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability with a global reach that spans more than 100 countries. When asked what Schneider “does,” employees often say it’s better to ask what it doesn’t do. The company addresses homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure, and industries by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software, and services. Schneider empowers all to make the most positive and considerable impact possible, and with a unique competency for holistic energy management, the opportunity for positive change within CEA is significant.

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Schneider initially found great integration of its solutions while working with Canadian and European companies in the CEA space around 2018. Shortly after, the company recognized the tremendous impact it could make on CEA food systems in the US. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, when supply chain disruptions devastated the traditional farming sector, it became increasingly evident that the indoor agriculture industry and its growth are imperative for the development of resilient food systems.

Despite the industry’s positive environmental and societal impacts, operating CEA systems often result in high energy costs and large environmental footprints. In the past, data and energy management in indoor farms have been manual, but Schneider believes it has the tools and expertise to empower the industry to be more sustainable, efficient, and resilient. Schneider’s energy management solutions can automate operations and lower energy parameters for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and the planet.

From a financial perspective, many of the emerging companies within the indoor ag industry are small businesses seeking large capital investments to expand their current operations. Schneider sees this as a sign of extraordinary industry growth and believes that scaling operations is critical and achievable by harnessing the power of digital technology and service expertise.

“We are very excited about our new relationship with Contain,” said Lisa Causarano, Schneider Electric Account Manager. “Experience has taught us that indoor farms have unique needs and challenges that many lenders are unable to serve. Contain brings expertise that makes it possible to address the extraordinary energy management needs for indoor growing, allowing them to focus on new ways grow more efficiently to feed expanding populations.”

Another example of an industry “outsider” entering Controlled Environment Agriculture is MineARC. MineARC is a global leader in the “manufacture and supply of controlled environments”, However, MineARC didn’t make its start in agriculture. You can probably discern from its name that MineARC originally produced controlled environment technology for safer industrial mining, tunneling, and petrochemical plant practices, with over 2,500 life-saving refuge chambers across industrial sites globally.

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MineARC realized that the value of controlled environments can be felt within many industries–including agriculture. The company notes that the ability to control the parameters of a facility to simulate optimal growing conditions results in endless possibilities, including healthier food options year-round and less natural resource use. The company created the Biora Range for agricultural use by applying the same techniques and capabilities it used to create controlled environment chambers for personnel safety.

Since launching Biora, MineARC has already made its mark across Australia, Europe, and North America; with a range of plant growth, research-grade, medical cannabis, and clean room chambers now in the field. The portable, robust nature of the Biora Walk-In Chambers has made them a popular alternative to on-site construction options.

The food system is one that every person on this earth takes part in. Companies are enticed by the rapid growth of the indoor agriculture industry, and they are further persuaded to participate by the immense environmental, social, and economic value that can be achieved. We believe this is only the beginning of new entrants joining the indoor ag movement.

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Fruit salon – prices are the same as in a jewelry store: the most expensive fruit store operates in Japan

The Japanese are more than extravagant people, they always come up with something, go ahead of the rest of the world. This time they distinguished themselves with the world’s most expensive fruit salon.

Sembikiya is essentially a fruit shop, but the goods here are so expensive and the interior of the store resembles a jewelry salon, so “fruit salon” is a rather apt name.

This is the main store of the Japanese fruit giant Sembikia. It has been run by the same family since 1834. At the time, it was an ordinary fruit shop, but one day the second generation wife of the owner of the shop decided that they could make money in another way.

So, this is more of a gift shop than a store. About 80–90% of these goods are bought as a gift, because in Japan it is customary to give expensive fruits for official events (weddings, business negotiations and hospital visits).

Square watermelon – for only $ 212.

$ 69 for a package of royal strawberries (12 pieces).

Or a watermelon denuke for $ 127 ???

By the way, in 2011, farmers from Hokkaido were very sad because the price of these watermelons fell: the most expensive of them was then sold for “only” $ 4,000. Only 100 of these watermelons are grown in Hokkaido every year.

Yubari melons (one for $ 160 or two for $ 265). These are the most expensive fruits on earth. Once such a melon was sold at an auction for $ 23,500.

What’s so special about them? First, they are grown in ideal greenhouses and covered with hats to keep them from drying out in the sun. Each plant produces only one fruit, and to get the sweetest fruits, farmers cut the fruits ahead of schedule.
The Sembikia family claims that it was she who started the tradition of giving expensive fruits.

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V n u Asia Pacific Association of agricultural German (DLG) held a Pre-Networking and Press Event of AGRITECHNICA ASIA and HORTI ASIA Regional Summit via the online system DLG Connect with exhibitors, more than 100 people from 14 countries have used this opportunity to learn about the jobs summit agro-industrial levels, the region was going to happen in November.
As a host, co-official regional summit AGRITECHNICA ASIA and HORTI ASIA Regional Summit: Dr.Thongplew pile of Monday, permanent Secretary of the Ministry of agriculture and cooperatives have said, a welcome reception, followed by the Dr.Wanida generator Francis Director, office of foreign agricultural has presented the vision of Thailand the field of intelligent manufacturing for sustainable food systems thidarat rotanan Vice President of industry, Nakhon Ratchasima province, said: “Nakhon Ratchasima province, not only is the heart of the production of crops of Thailand but also is the state that is selected to manage regional summit this time.”
The company focus on innovation of the future, CLAAS, Varuna AI & Robotics Ventures, Gessner Industries and Planet explains participation in the development of the food system more sustainable, while Mr. Karsten Ziebell from a collaborative project between the German-English explains the concept and the form of cluster farms can lead to farming sustainable? and invite those interested to attend the meeting, farming cluster of the future (Clusterfarm Future Conference) to be held for the first time within the jobs summit agro-industrial regional.
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Financing a sustainable global food system

The global food system is unsustainable. While it is worth approximately $8 trillion annually, its negative impact is valued at roughly $12 trillion. And this is not the system’s only contradiction. Around the world, food systems are affected by climate change (due to disruptive weather and rising temperatures) and make significant contributions to it (through greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity destruction). The millions of jobs they provide are often low-quality and poorly paid. And, most significantly, they fail in their ultimate purpose of delivering affordable, healthy food to all, writes Simon Zadek at eijnsight

The global food system is unsustainable. While it is worth approximately $8 trillion annually, its negative impact is valued at roughly $12 trillion. And this is not the system’s only contradiction. Around the world, food systems are affected by climate change (due to disruptive weather and rising temperatures) and make significant contributions to it (through greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity destruction). The millions of jobs they provide are often low-quality and poorly paid. And, most significantly, they fail in their ultimate purpose of delivering affordable, healthy food to all, writes Simon Zadek at eijnsight.com.

Because the global food system is fundamentally unviable, change is inevitable. But the radical reforms needed to create an inclusive, sustainable sector that produces nourishing food for the world’s population may have devastating short-term consequences. If we take the wrong approach, incorporating the actual production costs into food systems could trigger widespread bankruptcy, devastate rural unemployment, drive up prices, and increase poverty.

However, the best way to achieve a rapid, fair, and safe transition to a sustainable global food system that can deliver affordable, healthy food for all is a matter of heated debate. This is reflected in the strident and largely unproductive discussions taking place in the run-up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit, to be held during the UN General Assembly this month.

From a production standpoint, advocates of regenerative farming vehemently oppose a new generation of soilless food production, such as lab-grown “alternate protein” and vertical farming. But it is tough to scale regenerative farming rapidly. Soilless systems must be a major part of the solution, given their dramatically reduced carbon footprint and water use, minimal impact on biodiversity, and potential for rapidly delivering cheap, healthy food at scale.

The role of finance in this transition is no less controversial.

There is some merit to complaints about the undue influence of a limited number of private players on decisions that impact the entire global food system. Financialization – the drive to maximize risk-adjusted financial returns – is increasing across the global food system, and market concentration is growing. For example, just ten companies control half of the world’s seed market, and four agribusiness firms account for 90% of the global grain trade. Just 1% of agricultural firms own 65% of the available farmland.

 

Because the global food system is fundamentally unviable, change is inevitable. But the radical reforms needed to create an inclusive, sustainable sector that produces nourishing food for the world’s population may have devastating short-term consequences. If we take the wrong approach, incorporating the actual production costs into food systems could trigger widespread bankruptcy, devastate rural unemployment, drive up prices, and increase poverty.

However, the best way to achieve a rapid, fair, and safe transition to a sustainable global food system that can deliver affordable, healthy food for all is a matter of heated debate. This is reflected in the strident and largely unproductive discussions taking place in the run-up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit, to be held during the UN General Assembly this month.

From a production standpoint, advocates of regenerative farming vehemently oppose a new generation of soilless food production, such as lab-grown “alternate protein” and vertical farming. But it is tough to scale regenerative farming rapidly. Soilless systems must be a major part of the solution, given their dramatically reduced carbon footprint and water use, minimal impact on biodiversity, and potential for rapidly delivering cheap, healthy food at scale.

The role of finance in this transition is no less controversial.

There is some merit to complaints about the undue influence of a limited number of private players on decisions that impact the entire global food system. Financialization – the drive to maximize risk-adjusted financial returns – is increasing across the global food system, and market concentration is growing. For example, just ten companies control half of the world’s seed market, and four agribusiness firms account for 90% of the global grain trade. Just 1% of agricultural firms own 65% of the available farmland.

 

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