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With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, approximately 37,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries, we’re unlocking the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.
Signify helps their vertical farming customers, like for instance Planet Farms, build a sustainable business by sharing its knowledge and help them getting started. Planet Farms shares its key learnings here.
Our GrowWise Center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is where much of the research into new light recipes takes place. There, scientists constantly look for improvements in crops such as taste, health benefits, texture and quality. By controlling parameters needed to grow plants, such as light, humidity, and irrigation, we help our customers get the most out of crops while saving space, energy and water.
“We use exactly the same photons as the sun, just optimized for the type of plant. We use water but we recycle it so use less. We keep out bugs and pests and optimize the plant for taste. We do this in a clean environment, all year-round. The result is reduced waste, food miles…and produce that is clean, healthy, and nutritious food, grown in a resource efficient way,” said Roel Janssen, Global Director City Farming
Crops from the vertical farm usually don’t use pesticides and have a much lower bacterial count. The automated process from seeding lettuce to harvest only takes 39 days compared to 70 days in the open field. The controlled environment gives the customer the opportunity to steer growth characteristics to improve shelf life, red coloration in lettuce, even vitamin C levels. Read more about Signify’s projects in vertical farming on the website