VANCOUVER, BC, August 22, 2012 -
Alterrus Systems Inc. today announced it will begin building
North America's first VertiCrop urban farming system on the top
level of a downtown Vancouver parking lot.
VertiCrop vertical-farming technology uses hydroponic technology to
grow leafy green vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse,
without pesticides or herbicides. Its produce will be transported
directly to local Vancouver markets, significantly reducing its
The produce, to be sold under the Local
Garden brand, will be available in Vancouver in
"The VertiCrop technology represents a radical shift in
sustainable food production," said Christopher Ng, Alterrus CEO.
"Current food-production methods are ineffective in dealing with
the challenges of growing populations and decreasing amounts of
farmland. VertiCrop's high-density urban farming is an effective
way to grow nutritious food using fewer land and water resources
than traditional field-farming methods."
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The produce will be packaged on site and can be delivered to
markets in the city the same day as harvest. "The smaller carbon
footprint involved is a critical point," said Mr. Ng. "Food
production represents one of the world's largest sources of
unwanted gas emissions."
Alterrus expects the VertiCrop facility to produce more than
150,000 pounds annually.
The facility will be 5,700 square feet, with 4,000 square feet
devoted to growing the produce in trays, stacked 12 high and
circulating on conveyer belts. The remaining 1,700 square feet will
be used for picking and packaging. It will use less than 10 per
cent of the water required for traditional field agriculture, while
producing significantly higher yields compared to field-farmed
produce. All of the excess water used will be recycled.
Alterrus's urban farm will operate year round. Its controlled
growing environment shelters its produce from contamination,
natural disasters and irregular weather patterns that are
challenges for growers of traditional field produce.
"That reliability offers benefits to the retailer and consumer,"
said Mr. Ng. "This nutritious produce can be grown and delivered to
our customers any time throughout the year."
For more information visit: www.alterrus.ca.
About Alterrus Systems Inc.
Alterrus is a publicly traded company (CNSX:ASI)(ASIUF) headquartered
in Vancouver, Canada. It is a world leader in the development,
manufacturing, operation and integration of commercial VertiCrop
technology for global markets. Alterrus has created a sustainable
vertical growing system that grows fresh, nutritious, leafy green
vegetables in urban environments where they are to be consumed.
Using a fraction of the resources needed for traditional field
agriculture, Alterrus generates substantially higher yields than
conventional farming and was selected by TIME MAGAZINE as one of
the best inventions of 2009.