With no soil or growing seasons, this Ontario startup is working to feed a hotter world

A London, Ontario, agriculture technology company has announced an ambitious new plan that will see its operations move from a former cereal factory to a local mushroom farm, where it will expand production and create a zero-waste farm system it says will help feed an increasingly hotter world. 

Farmia first moved to London in the fall of 2021, taking up residence inside the cavernous warehouse of the city's former Kellogg's cereal plant — enough space for Farmia's soaring towers of hydroponic greenery to stretch to the ceiling, filling the otherwise dark space with vertical rows of bright leafy greens, nurtured under the glow of high tech grow lights.

"We chose Kellogg because its the biggest indoor entertainment area in Canada," Mohamed Zayed, Farmia's co-founder and chief operating officer, told CBC News, noting the large windows overlooking the huge room allowed the public to get a peek under the hood of a technology Zayed hopes will help change the planet for the better.

"It is very sustainable. We use a lot less space and a lot fewer resources to create a lot more product consistently and year-round."

Read more at cbc.ca


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