Swedish vertical farming battles Chinese food crisis

Swedish-Chinese Collaboration, the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center Opens to Tackle Global Food Crisis.

Swedish innovator Plantagon International specializes in vertical urban agricultural solutions and is setting up the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center with Tongji University, Shanghai.

Plantagon International is a global innovation leader in vertical farming. Vertical greenhouses minimize the need for energy, water and pesticides, and since the products are delivered directly to city consumers, the transportation costs are also minimized.

Under the auspices of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the Consul General of Sweden in Shanghai, Ms. Viktoria Li, officially opened the lab during a formal ceremony at Tongji University on April 3 2013.

“We are delighted to extend our collaboration with Tongji University and the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center shall pave the way for the long-term intent we have for this market. We look forward to many constructive results to be developed from this successful collaboration,” says Hans Hassle, CEO of Plantagon.

The achievement made by Plantagon and Tongji University supports and acts on the objectives of the 12th five-year plan. As an example, China is dedicated to increase their investment in research and development of clean tech to over 2 percent.  Food security and -safety, as well as the problem with contaminated land, are other crucial issues for China to manage in the future.

”One of the key issues of today is about the food. The Tongji-Plantagon Research Center is an important concrete step forward towards engaging more people from the city to the agriculture and bridge the urban and rural ways of living and producing,” says Vice Dean Professor Lou Yongqi.

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