What does it take for Smart CEA to be successful?

The sense of urgency for feeding the growing global population while respecting nature’s resource limits should be clear to everyone. One possible solution is linked to Smart Farming. Another to Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). Is there such thing as Smart CEA? If so, what do we need? How do we make this a success? Not only for us, but for generations to come? The time to act is now.

November 2024

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‘Collaboration is key. No-one has a silver bullet’, states André van Wageningen, Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Grodan, and speaker at this event.

He is driven by the realization that his kids have to live with the effects of things we did and are doing. So trying to do his best to help this a more sustainable world. Artificial intelligence and IoT will have an impact on short and long term. They will allow for intelligence creation based on big data, and combining needs and sectors to solve challenges.

About Grodan
We supply innovative and sustainable stone wool growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing principles.These solutions are, amongst others, applied for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas.

Sustainability plays a prominent role within Grodan, from the manufacture of stone wool substrates to end-of-life solutions. Grodan is founded in 1969 and active in more than seventy countries worldwide. The head office is located in Roermond, the Netherlands.
More than 50 years ago, we noticed a tiny plant growing in a piece of abandoned stone wool on a building site. Just as it’s designed to do, nature had found a way to grow. And it inspired us to design a system to support it – a smarter, soilless way of growing that we evolve, explore and refine continuously. A system that promises high yields of consistent, high-quality fresh food and medicinal crops to feed and treat the world’s growing population.

For more information go to the website.

André van Wageningen will speak at the 2023 edition of the Agrifood Innovation Event.