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Jan 1, 1970

The quest for the perfect veg

Written by

James Means

By James Means, European Channel Manager – Intelligent Grid, IGS

Wonky veg is having a moment, and quite rightly. Traditional food producers, tired of the wastage caused by retailers’ obsession with poker straight carrots, perfectly spherical apples and non-nobbly potatoes, have fought back in recent years, arguing that despite their imperfect shape these ingredients deliver just as much in terms of taste and nutrition as their more aesthetically-pleasing counterparts.

For traditional agriculture, this remains as true as ever. However to support our growing global population, there is a greater need than ever before to guarantee food security. As such, the repeatability of growing techniques has come under the spotlight.

Repeatability isn’t about aesthetics: it is beginning to be recognised as occupying as significant a place in agriculture as it might in the production of the latest iPhone or the manufacture of a new car.  The adoption of more intelligent crop monitoring technologies is the first step towards improving agriculture outcomes.

IGS’ patented Intelligent Grid provides an energy efficient power and broadcast platform to do just this and using extensive experience gained from our award winning and revolutionary vertical farm solutions, we can offer solutions for any type or scale of indoor growing.

Focusing on data and agronomy management technology, alongside basic digitisation to leverage data analysis will help all agribusinesses meet both their short and long-term goals. Using lower power, more efficient and controllable lighting alongside more intelligent watering systems for instance are just a few of the tangible benefits available.

These systems will never replace traditional agriculture, but rather should work alongside it to balance the pressing need for increased food security and output.

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At IGS, we believe that innovation is essential in agriculture, as in many other areas. A circular model must be one that we adopt more broadly, and our commitment to this is two-fold.

Sign-up below to learn more about how IGS has designed and developed a vertical farming platform to enable sustainable food production with alignment to the circular economy framework in part one. You will also seefor yourself how the engineering, supply chain management, and maintenance of the GTs aligns to circularity in part two.

Part one. How IGS’ Growth Towers enable sustainable farming and alignment to the circular economy

Recent research by the UN Environment Programme found that ‘countries are missing significant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’ and that ‘other actions in the food system, such as reducing food loss and waste, or shifting to more sustainable diets, are widely ignored’.

‍While many of us are aware of the impact of food miles and foodsrity, the UN believes policymakers need to address ‘food waste and a shift more plant-rich diets’.

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