Thursday, June 30, 2022
Home New Release Feds to spend $4.95M on vertical farming project, research in northern Manitoba

Feds to spend $4.95M on vertical farming project, research in northern Manitoba

The federal government says it will spend nearly $5 million on a partnership that will see food growing smarter in several communities.

The funding will see the University of Manitoba partner with Opaskwayak Cree Nation to develop a smart vertical farming initiative for the First Nation.

The $4.95 million, to be doled out over the next six years, will support programs at the U of M, the University of Guelph and McGill University, as well as seven additional institutions.

Read more:
Manitoba food banks to receive more than $414K in food after ‘surge in demand’

As part of her project, U of M professor Miyoung Suh will collaborate with Glenn Ross, executive director of OCN Health Authority, on developing real-world solutions to food and nutrition security in the community, according to the U of M.

Story continues below advertisement

This project began when Ross introduced a vertical smart farm concept, complete with real-time automation, to the community. From there, he began working with Suh and others in the faculty of agricultural and food sciences at the U of M.

The first step of the project was successful, and now the pair will collaborate with other communities in the area that struggle with easily accessible fresh food, especially in the winter.

Click to play video: 'Fighting food insecurity'

Fighting food insecurity

Fighting food insecurity – May 11, 2021

“Of particular concern is the high incidences of gestational diabetes and spontaneous abortions in pregnant mothers” in areas where there is little fresh food, said the U of M.

“The researchers will test if fresh vegetables from the vertical farms, eaten during pregnancy, decreases these incidences.”

“Food is a basic entry point for building healthy communities,” Suh said in a press release. “The availability of fresh produce up north is limited, but smart technology involving local food production could be a simple solution in transforming those communities.”

Story continues below advertisement

Ross added that the “SMART cities project and concept is the way of the future.”

“The world is now changing faster than we have ever seen and we are just starting to see how bad climate change can be and the threat it has on our grandchildren.

“The high quality of foods from the smart farm program will eliminate many diseases and help make health care sustainable in Canada. It will also help us sustain the earth for many generations to come without destroying our planet. This is our ultimate goal.”

The funding announced Monday comes from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Russia ditches Snake Island outpost in strategic victory for Ukraine

Russian forces abandoned the strategic Black Sea outpost of Snake Island on Thursday, in a major victory for Ukraine that could loosen a Russian...

Slack update removes the red dot and people have thoughts

A familiar sight for many of us – but where have the red dots gone? (Credit: Getty)It’s probably fair to say modern office workers...

These cheeky handmade mirrors are perfect for TikTok

Annemarie Rose is bent over a sheet of glass, hair tucked into a messy half ponytail, tracing the outline of a heart into its...

Amid grim opioid death projections, Ottawa faces calls to move faster on safe supply

Petra Schulz’ son Danny was a chef working in one of the best restaurants in Edmonton and was on the road to recovery from...