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Is the future of food growing from your smartphone?

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In the world our food system is broken we need radical, new, innovative solutions to address some of the most pressuring problems. We have see a big food tech revolution coming, but also a big trend towards local and personal food production. In this presentation we ponder about the challenges faced by our food system and whether the technology - making growing food and plants as easy as playing with your smartphone could be the answer to empower business owners, restaurants and cafes, small farmers and individuals to bring hyper-local and personal food production to the mainstream.

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Is the future of food growing from your smartphone?

  1. 1. IS FUTURE OF FOOD GROWING FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE? Agnieszka Nazaruk Founder @getniwa.com @agaonfire agnieszkanazaruk@gmail.com
  2. 2. INDUSTRIAL FOOD SYSTEM
  3. 3. LAND & PEOPLE
  4. 4. Earthtrends.wri.org Faostat.fao.org/faostat Year 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 Worldpopulation(billions) 0 2 4 6 8 10 Arableland(ha/person) 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 Human Population Human population (projected) Arable land Human Population & Available Land LAND IS SHRINKING
  5. 5. SOIL DEGRADATION
  6. 6. But, there is enough food to FEED THE 10 BILLION PEOPLE
  7. 7. 1,500mile s food travels on average from farm to table
  8. 8. WATER
  9. 9. WATER USAGE
  10. 10. WATER RESOURCE SCARCITY
  11. 11. ENVIRONMENT
  12. 12. Expected Yield Actual Yield Drought Flooding Wind Hail
  13. 13. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?But that’s not all..
  14. 14. 400 CHEMICAL PESTICIDES are routinely used in conventional farming and remain on non organic food even after washing
  15. 15. 45% of nutrients and vitamins are being lost within 24 hours of being picked
  16. 16. LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM INDUSTRIAL FOOD SYSTEM
  17. 17. HYDROPONICS
  18. 18. WHAT DO PLANTS NEED?
  19. 19. HYDROPONICS REPLACE SOIL WITH OTHER GROWING MEDIUMS like ROCKWOOL
  20. 20. 1000x greater yield is produced by hydroponics than the same sized area of land could produce annually. HIGHER YEILD, MORE EFFICIENTLY
  21. 21. 0% harmful chemicals. No soil means no soil borne pests, insects and diseases – hence o need for harmful pesticides. NO MORE CHEMICALS
  22. 22. Up to 90% of water being saved as the water is recycled. Hydroponic is limiting over or poorly timed irrigation through automation. IT RECYCLES WATER
  23. 23. GROW EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME Hydroponics can be used almost anywhere, with crop not having to rely on rainfall, sunshine and temperature + yield is predictable.
  24. 24. LEARN ALONG THE WAY Most of us don’ know where our food comes from. Many countries are introducing hydroponics into their ciruclum.
  25. 25. And no… Hydroponics is not new
  26. 26. SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
  27. 27. TYPICAL SETUP COST: $1000-$10000+
  28. 28. We make growing really, really simple UNIFIED NIWA OS FOR HOME FOR PROS Connect and automate larger growing systems for maximum yields. Grow the freshest fruits, veggies, herbs, and more right in your home.
  29. 29. Schools Restaurants and Cafes Offices Rooftop Gardens Small Farmers Individual Production
  30. 30. LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM INDUSTRIAL FOOD SYSTEM PERSONAL FOOD SYSTEM
  31. 31. IMPACT A Key to Sustainability?
  32. 32. ENVIRONMENT • Cutting FOOD MILES.to 44 miles • REDUCING Fuel 17 times and emits 5017 times less co2. • SAVING FOOD WHICH WOULD BE WASTED. • SAVING LAND OUR FOOD ON US •FRESHER, MORE NUTRITIOUS FOOD •NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS •YOU WILL BE HEALTHIER and HAPPIER
  33. 33. We envision a future where individuals, business owners, schools, farmers and whole countries are able to grow everything they need at ease, locally in a way that is good for our environment. We build tools to make that happen.
  34. 34. Agnieszka Nazaruk @agaonfire agnieszkanazaruk@gmail.com

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