McGill researcher to study ‘Cubic Agriculture’

December 04, 2012
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Dec. 4, 2012, Montreal — McGill University and Urban Barns Foods Inc. are working collaboratively on further research with the company’s “Cubic Agriculture” system.

The goal is to further improve the efficiency and production of Cubic Agriculture vegetable and fruit production in urban areas.

Food production in an urban agricultural environment has been proposed by a number of companies. However, the technology already developed by Urban Barns, coupled with McGill’s food production research and engineering knowledge, will allow the Cubic Agriculture system to reach the next level of sustainable food production.

Dr. Mark Lefsrud, McGill's lead researcher on the five-year project, listed several issues to be studied … “leading to a sustainable urban agriculture model." Included are:

• Energy reduction (light and heat).

• Selection of species and cultivars for this specific growing environment.

• Determining the nutritional improvement of plants grown within the Urban Cubic Growing system with additional focuses on reduced carbon footprint.

• Nutrient recycling.

• Minimal water usage.

• Recyclable product packaging.

“As Urban Barns rolls out our proprietary Cubic Farming method world-wide, we look forward to working with McGill's outstanding team of researchers to further develop improved cycle times and crop yields along with adding additional crop types that can be grown in our Cubic Farming systems,” said Urban Barns Foods Canada president Richard Groome.

Urban Barns uses patent pending proprietary equipment to produce affordable vegetables in a secure and controlled indoor environment.

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