Innovative agriculture, quality vegetables

Innovative agriculture, quality vegetables

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Innovative agriculture, it is not an oxymoron but it is the future if not the present thanks to the numerous companies that are increasingly committed to reduce water consumption, to develop hydroponics, to produce quality vegetables and nickel free. To change direction given that the methods used so far have proved unsustainable if projected into the next decades.

To understand what it means and why it is important to talk about innovative agriculture, must be taken a step back, to plow the soil before sowing new ideas and initiatives.

Innovative agriculture and tomatoes

Why talk about tomatoes? Because he also talked about it Science magazine dedicating the cover even to this vegetable to “denounce” the fact that, in large-scale distribution, it is less and less tasty and tasty. To produce beautiful, homogeneous, equal sizes, shiny, colorful and robust, "we have touched" sacrifice its flavor.

Consumers were not enchanted by the appearance and, for tomatoes as for many others quality vegetables, they noticed that they were no longer what they used to be and began to ask and wonder what direction agriculture can take if not to be a innovative agriculture, friend of the environment and flavors.

Among the many citizens of the world who have asked themselves the problem, yet another beautiful but tasteless tomato, there is also Kimbal Musk. The surname sounds familiar because it is the family member, and to be precise, the brother of Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, investor and CEO of Tesla Motors and founder of SpaceX. Musk recently founded an AG Tech startup accelerator specializing in urban agriculture, with the aim of revolutionizing the food sector with innovative agriculture and quality vegetables.

Innovative and necessary agriculture

A breakthrough is necessary, and not just for make room for innovation, a priori, but because the numbers that photograph the present tell of a future in danger if we do not introduce and promote techniques such as hydroponics and which lead to one reduction of water consumption to obtain nickel free products with the flavor they have now lost.

According to UN data, in 2050 the world population could reach over 9 billion, one of the major emergencies is that of water and no large calculations are needed to affirm it, you can also guess this by looking around. In many countries there is the drought warning, including ours, the rains are desired, the torrid heat reigns and, when the water falls from the sky, it does so with violent downpours that devastate entire crops.

Agriculture pays a heavy price and it must be innovative to survive and to make us survive. To graft something new in this sector there are social impact investments, Impact Investing, which in 2016 were 22.1 billion dollars and managed to support over 8 thousand projects. There is no drought here and in 2017 according to Global Impact Investing Network in 2017 investments should rise to 25.9 billion dollars; the Catholic Church is also wondering about this new investment model, which could be added to the models it is currently using for its investments and donations.

Innovative agriculture in the world

May the winning recipe be that which combines technology, structured finance and new business models, the United States understood this before us and we can already see dozens of authoritative examples developed overseas. On this side of the Atlantic Ocean, however, there is a bleak clearing, and one of the few players who work with this methodology is Beyond Venture, which for over 10 years has been committed to support social innovation in our country.

Innovative agriculture in Italy

Oltre Venture enthusiastically supported the entrepreneur's idea Luigi Galimberti to create also in Italy a system of production of very good quality vegetables through hydroponic technology; together in 2016 they founded Ball This agricultural company is based in Maremma aims to build a system of technological greenhouses, the largest in our country at the start.

Ball apply technology "in the field" and supports them with the best management techniques in order to produce more with less. It sounds like a slogan but it can be reality and it is there single solution to guarantee food for all despite the scarcity of resources and increasingly overwhelming climate change.

The positive outcome of the project's feasibility plan convinced the founders to open the company's capital to third party investors to support the creation of the first greenhouse of about 13 hectares in Maremma. They were thus collected 7 million of capital from important Italian investors and obtained 12 million in financing from ICCREA bank. With these capital, the first greenhouse will be built which will employ over 100 new jobs, and which will soon be ready to produce tomatoes, lettuce and aromatic plants with zero chemical residues and nickel free.

The model that in Ball it materializes is not only "win win" but it is "win x 4" because it rewards e satisfies the entrepreneur, investors, workers and consumers. Like this company, others are being born, even in Italy there are dozens of agricultural startups with promising ideas, we cheer for them, so that they can give the right push for innovative agriculture.

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