Blog post | 09-03-2021 | Consulate General in Vancouver
Agriculture is the largest sector in Canada with a strong focus on horticulture. To get a feel for Dutch agricultural innovations in British Columbia, the Dutch Consulate General in Vancouver and the Dutch Embassy’s agricultural team spoke with several entrepreneurs.
In this 10-part blog series, we will be highlighting a leading innovative agtech company in British Columbia each week, with an emphasis on its close connection to the Netherlands.
Part 3 (3/10): CubicFarm Systems Corp.
In 2015, two seasoned Canadian Dutch farmers invented a unique, environmentally controlled, automated system that enables vertical farming. Fast forward to 2021, and their technology has become CubicFarms, a company whose mission is to successfully feed our changing world.
Breaking the cycle of long supply chains
Dave Dinesen, CEO of Langley-based CubicFarms, says their agro-tech solutions can help break the cycle of long global food supply chains and instead enable local chain agriculture: “Our factory, our food and our cattle
power systems can be installed anywhere in the world. And because the temperature and environment inside these machines are controlled, products and feeds can grow year round in any climate.
Inside a shipping container
A good way to visualize what machines look like is to imagine a shipping container. Inside this container are crop trays that rotate and follow a wavy path, ensuring that each side of each plant receives the right amount of light and water. A 40 ‘x 8’ x 9.5 ‘sterile cube can accommodate up to 120,000 plant sites. This means that the amount of land needed to grow many more crops is reduced, less physical labor is required to plant and harvest the crops, water consumption is reduced by up to 95% and no pesticides are required. because everything is grown indoors in a sterile environment.
All of these findings are globally relevant at a time when we all grapple with food security and the effects of agriculture on the environment. “We believe long chain food addiction is dangerous. Currently, we find ourselves in the midst of a closed border pandemic, which underscores the importance of local agriculture. Our mission is that food culture takes place close to where it is consumed. This ensures food security and improves access to food. “
Link with the Netherlands
- Dutch heritage
CubicFarms technology was developed by Jack Benne, founder of Bevo Farms, one of North America’s largest plant propagation companies, and his son Leo Benne, CubicFarms product manager. Few people on earth have grown more plants from seed than Jack, born and trained in the Netherlands.
Want to know more about the collaboration between the Dutch and Canadians in British Columbia?
In the brochure, which you can download below, you will find a number of examples of innovative companies in British Columbia, with close ties to the Netherlands. We hope to see many more of these strong collaborations and are keen to support more innovators.
If you would like to know more, please contact the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver at [email protected] or contact the Economic Affairs teams in Ottawa and Toronto.