Agri-food Innovation through Controlled Environment Agriculture

Jenn O'Donnell September 12, 2017

You are invited to a conference on Agri-food innovation in Atlantic Canada

Agri-food Innovation in Atlantic Canada through Controlled Environment Agriculture

Please join us for the launch, conference and workshop to support the development of an innovative, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) for sustainable local food production in Atlantic Canada.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
Jenkins Hall, Riverview Room
Truro, Nova Scotia

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Conference begins at 2:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and limited seating available. Please register to ensure your participation.
For more information, please contact Marianne Clark at marianne.clark@dal.ca, or phone 902.893.6622

86 per cent of all fresh fruits and 39 per cent of vegetables consumed in Canada are imported.* Fresh produce prices increased approximately 12 per cent in 2015 due to the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar. Atlantic Canada’s ‘end of the line’ transportation and distribution challenges and costs pose an extra burden on ensuring fresh produce in the region.

The potential for improvements in the Canadian agri-food sector by expanding production through modern greenhouses is attractive. Lengthening the growing season and providing new opportunities to produce more locally grown, year-round, pesticide-free food is the way forward. Regionally-grown food can also benefit the economy with an import replacement benefit of at least $22 million, creating local jobs and decreasing the pollution of trucking fresh produce from distant markets.

The Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, along with the Government of The Netherlands, a consortium of Dutch agri-food companies, InHolland University specializing in agri-food education and training and SIA: Taskforce for Applied Research, Dutch Research Council, are teaming up to explore the possibilities of supporting more local food production and R&D in Atlantic Canada. The purpose of AIM to Grow is to explore the potential, build partnerships and realize projects to further develop innovative agriculture in Atlantic Canada, contributing to more local food production, food sovereignty and nutritional security. The launching conference and workshop for AIM to Grow will be held on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus September 28.

*Statistics Canada

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