Carbon neutral initiative turns coloured peppers 'green'
When is a ‘green’ pepper not a green pepper? When it’s a vibrant red, bold orange, or sunny yellow sweet bell pepper – grown, packed and transported in a certified carbon neutral manner.
Ontario politicians are having a hard time resolving electricity generation problems. During peak demands, the province is hard-pressed to meet demand.
August 25, 2008 — How can innovative greenhouse technologies help you save energy? Ron van Paassen, research and development manager with Hoogendoorn Growth Management in the Netherlands, has some answers. 
July 17, 2008, Vineland, Ont.  — Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland Centre) has officially welcomed Hoogendoorn America Inc. (Hoogendoorn) as a new tenant of the Centre. 

A ‘greener’ greenhouse: In addition to fuel bill savings, there may be some tax breaks

Energy costs account for approximately 40 per cent of the total production costs for a greenhouse operation. With natural gas and bunker oil prices continually increasing, even the most conservative of greenhouse growers is considering alternative energy sources. The alternative energy choices include coal but there is always concern about the status in the long term of the exemption for the use of coal.
Much has been said (but possibly not heard?) recently about the cost of oil, petroleum and energy in general. Further, the reallocation of agricultural food land over to production of crops for ethanol has been blamed in many journalistic arenas on the current global food shortage and rice crisis. Whatever the reality of this, it is clear that “times are a changing” and we’d best get used to it.

Growers are warming to such concepts as alternative fuels and conservation measures in structures and crop management strategies. Results of a comprehensive energy audit study, now underway in the Leamington and Niagara regions, will be released in the fall. It will identify key energy-saving features and quantify their savings potential in both poly and glass structures.

How beneficial are these systems in greenhouse pepper production?
With good planning and close attention to the crop, it is possible to produce high quality blooming poinsettias with as much as 25 per cent less energy than traditional growing regimes require.
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