Introducing vertical farming to Malaysia

“As you might imagine, some people were not pleased when I told them the name,” laughs Babylon Vertical Farms co-founder Stuart Thomas, “but I don’t like names that are too on the nose or too obvious. When a friend suggested ‘Babylon’, it really piqued my interest.”

The name Babylon Vertical Farms was assigned to the project he submitted at a start-up incubator organized by the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). When the grant funds were disbursed at the end of the four-month incubator program back in 2016, Thomas, along with co-founders Abang Dzulqarnaen, Eshton Thomas, and Joel Tan, went ahead to establish Babylon as an agricultural company committed to continuously harnessing new technologies to further their business. An urban vertical farm set-up today based in Kota Damansara, Selangor, Babylon focuses on producing hydroponic vegetables.

The big dream, however, is more than just an urban vegetable source. By continually reinvesting its profits in R&D, Babylon aims to eventually engineer and build low-cost vertical farms in impoverished areas of Southeast Asia to help eliminate food scarcity caused by unfavorable farming and economic conditions.

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