Blog post | 03-03-2021 | 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 2 (2/10): Terramera.
Regenerative agriculture is a set of tools and practices that extracts carbon from the air and transfers it underground, storing carbon and improving soil health with each growing season. Many farmers are already practicing regeneration techniques such as direct seeding and cover crops. The World Center for Regenerative Agriculture is creating a way for farmers to make money through a full range of practices that are better for crops, plant health and the environment.
More carbon in the soil
“More and more research shows us that more carbon in the atmosphere is bad, but more carbon in the soil is good for farms and the land,” says Karn Manhas, CEO of Terramera. “We are creating a system to pay farmers to attract more carbon to their soils, where it can benefit their farms, support more nutritious food production, and help reverse climate change.”
Fusion of science, nature and AI
Terramera merges science, nature, and artificial intelligence to create breakthrough technologies that can solve some of the world’s biggest problems. They are developing the World Center for Regenerative Agriculture to address three key challenges: economic stability and growth, climate change and food security. He will use Terramera’s machine learning and AI capabilities to support the growth of regenerative agricultural techniques in Canada and around the world, boosting rural economies and turning the agricultural sector into a huge carbon sink.
Link with the Netherlands
- Dutch partnerships
Terramera’s state-of-the-art automated growth chambers were developed using indoor growing systems from Dutch company Light4Food.
- Farm efficiency
The World Center for Regenerative Agriculture will model farm efficiency through agro-technological innovation in the
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.