Plant-based pharmaceuticals are one of the crops to be grown in OneFarm CEA vertical farms.
Mira Merme is the CEO of UK based OneFarm, the company’s goal is to provide affordable fresh healthy food and plant pharmaceuticals to local communities to mitigate the upcoming food crisis and has plans to roll-out a large scale CEA vertical farms.
OneFarm combines knowledge about food and plant pharma, technology, infrastructure. The data produced feeds into an open source feedback learning system which can be used to inform the selection of seeds, new product development and long term control of growing environment – leading to first mover advantages.
Mira comments: “The system aims to optimise water usage, energy use, substrate and plant nutrition. Also to reduce waste in food by increasing the shelf life
“The UK population has now unfortunately had first hand experience of the impact of being import reliant for key food products and continues to be more at risk on supply and pricing with Covid and Brexit impacting food distribution – so ensuring a better, safe and secure food supply has become more critical.
Dutch agri-tech has benefited enormously from a collaborative approach and joint learning, particularly in their flower industry where there is definitely a ‘common good’ philosophy. I would like to see this happening more in the UK.”