A high-tech agricultural system developed in Pitt Meadows must innovate the way we think about agriculture.
UP Vertical Farms hopes that the way they renew agriculture is revolutionizing the industry.
Technology may also be the answer to the growing impact of climate change on crops.
Why vertical farms?
Agriculture across the country is threatened by a number of factors. From climate change to labor shortages and rising fuel prices, which are affecting food prices.
The Daily Hive reported record highs across the country earlier this month, driven largely by food prices.
UP’s technology could be an answer to these recurring problems.
How it works
This will actually be Canada’s first hands – free agricultural operation. Leaves will never be touched by humans, and plants are grown in water, not in soil.
The fully controlled indoor environment means they do not need any harmful chemicals to protect crops from disease or other contamination.
They promise that this technology will bring a higher quality of greens than traditional organic food.
Vertical Farms promises a fully automatic operation, from the beginning of sowing, all the way to harvest.
Sustainability is a key promise from Vertical Farms, and they use 99% less soil, less water and less fertilizer, as well as 95% less plastic for packaging. All this gives a 350 times greater yield.
The company is owned by Fresh Green Farms, an agricultural company founded by the brothers Bahram and Shahram Rahsti.
They hope the technology will revolutionize the industry. Vertical Farms highlights higher yields, faster production and better quality control, including less risk of contamination.
The first phase of the operation, which begins in the spring of 2022, will produce 0.9 million kilograms and 6.3 million bags of green lettuce a year.
From arugula to butter salad, UP promises delicious and ready-to-eat vegetables in many different varieties.
Customers can expect UP products to be in stores by 2022.