Building Regional Produce Supply Chains

November 24, 2011 by  
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Food Security, Regional Food

Regional Food Supply Chains

Many businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are seeking replicable models for regional good systems. This publication focuses on how to make regional distribution a large-volume logistical reality.

Whether the incentive is freshness, economic development, food safety, food resilience, healthy ecosystems, minimization of carbon footprint, or simply the desire for stronger community, the demand for regional food is booming…and the demand is not being met.

In response to this need, FarmsReach hosted a workshop in August of 2010 that brought together representatives from farms, aggregators (and food hubs), distributors, and end-business buyers.  The purpose of the workshop was to outline and discuss barriers in creating efficient regional logistics for local food chains; and in doing so formulate possible solutions.

Read the executive summary (and download full pdf) here.

Incorporation of two subsidiary companies in Canada

July 30, 2010 by  
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Friday, 30 July 2010 00:38

Tom Colclough, the president of RENERGY FOODS AG, today announced that RENERGY Foods AG has incorporated two subsidiary companies in Canada:
* RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. and
* CLEARBUILT Structures Canada, Inc.

RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. is a federally incorporated company that intends to lease land from the City of Surrey for its demonstration Biodome.  CLEARBUILT Structures Canada, Inc. is a B.C. provincially incorporated company that will be supplying RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. with the Biodome. CLEARBUILT will be the first North American facility that has the capability to produce geodesic structures such as those designed to hold ETFE pneumatic windows used in RENERGY Biodomes. The decision to establish the two companies in Canada was based on the positive response from all municipalities in the Vancouver area to participate with RENERGY in an urban agriculture demonstration project. All municipalities expressed the urgent need to provide a solution for food security and to grow produce where it will be consumed so as to minimize the high carbon footprint associated to importing food.

The B.C. (British Columbia, Canada) Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development has provincial responsibility for research and innovation. The ministry believes that research and innovation helps build a strong provincial economy and supports job creation, while providing a long-term foundation for a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and a strong social fabric.
The ministry works to further British Columbia’s presence in a global knowledge-based economy, collaborating with the province’s research universities, industry partners, innovation organizations and other levels of government. The ministry also works closely with the B.C. Innovation Council, the lead provincial organization charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia.

RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. was established to build and operate Biodomes in major urban areas throughout Canada. Each RENERGY operation aims to contain a Biodome to grow fresh organic produce, and a Farmer’s Supermarket to sell RENERGY produce, and organic produce and products from local farmers and companies, directly to local consumers. Once proven successful, it is intended that the RENERGY Foods Canada, Inc. model will be duplicated to facilitate international expansion.

CLEARBUILT will be the first North American facility that has the capability to produce geodesic structures designed to hold ETFE pneumatic windows used in RENERGY Biodomes. Because it is so cost-effective, CLEARBUILT believes there is a significant demand for structures of its design to cover large spans such as swimming pools, tennis courts, sports stadiums, atriums, parking lots, and more.
ETFE is a non-petroleum based recyclable plastic that has 95% transmission of all light frequencies and weighs 1% of glass, which translates into considerable savings on material required to support the cladding. The non-stick characteristics of ETFE make it low maintenance and virtually self cleaning. With a wide service temperature range of between -200° to +150° C, it has extremely good resistance to tearing, weathering, solvents, and chemicals. It is extremely flexible and can stretch 150% to 200% before breakage. It is able to absorb shock loading without risk of fracture, breakage, or structural overload and collapse. ETFE has low flammability and is self-extinguishing. In its pillow configuration, it has a U-value of approximately 1.95 W/m2K, which is considerably better than triple glazing.

Vertical Farming Listed in Time Magazine’s list of the top 50 inventions in 2009

January 12, 2010 by  
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Tuesday 12th January 2010 01.13

Vertical Farming Listed in Time Magazine’s list of the top 50 inventions in 2009 and Troy Media’s top 50 forecasts for 2010
Time Magazine reports that real estate is the one thing we’re not making any more of. That might be good news for landlords but not for the world’s farmers, who have finite cropland to feed a growing global population. The answer: build up by farming vertically. Vertical stacking and growing of fruits and vegetables hydroponically enables the use of far less water than conventional farming. But best of all, by growing upward instead of outward, vertical farming can expand food supplies without using more land.

The Great Food Crisis Of 2011

January 8, 2010 by  
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According to, a food crisis is imminent:
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