Technology sparks innovative food production

January 30, 2018 by  

The Calgary Economic Development board has signed an agreement with Olds College seeking to leverage the school’s expertise to increase agri-food production exponentially in the coming years.

The Olds School of Agriculture and Home Economics was established in 1913, as pioneers in their training approach to the business of food production and the use of technology. Those interested in learning more about the Olds School and its programs may be able to pick up a course catalog from the school.

Located north of the city, the agri-food corridor comprises 100 kilometres of farmland already boasting many desirable food production businesses. More than ever, these companies are turning to the latest in science and technology to maximize their outcomes. New sources of protein, including insect sourced and indoor shrimp production are already being explored.

Across the globe, the need for food security and sustainable food production is expected to increase by 75% in the next 30 years. Alberta has a solid reputation throughout the world, from the quality food products the province already exports to more than 140 countries.

The potential to boost agri-food production and play an even bigger role in the fight against world hunger is massive, and the industry is viewed as an important part of the province’s future economic growth.

The agreement is part of the federal government’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative, which will see $950m invested in sustainable business growth across Canada by the year 2022.