VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/22/12 -- Alterrus Systems Inc. (CNSX: ASI)(OTCQB: ASIUF) today announced it will begin building North America's first VertiCrop urban farming system on the top level of a downtown Vancouver parking lot.
Alterrus's VertiCrop vertical-farming technology uses hydroponic technology to grow leafy green vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse, without pesticides or herbicides. Its produce will be transported directly to local Vancouver markets, significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
The produce, to be sold under the Local Garden brand, will be available in Vancouver in October.
'The VertiCrop technology represents a radical shift in sustainable food production,' said Christopher Ng, Alterrus CEO. 'Current food-production methods are ineffective in dealing with the challenges of growing populations and decreasing amounts of farmland. VertiCrop's high-density urban farming is an effective way to grow nutritious food using fewer land and water resources than traditional field-farming methods.'
The produce will be packaged on site and can be delivered to markets in the city the same day as harvest. 'The smaller carbon footprint involved is a critical point,' said Mr. Ng. 'Food production represents one of the world's largest sources of unwanted gas emissions.'
Alterrus expects the VertiCrop facility to produce more than 150,000 pounds annually.
The facility will be 5,700 square feet, with 4,000 square feet devoted to growing the produce in trays, stacked 12 high and circulating on conveyer belts. The remaining 1,700 square feet will be used for picking and packaging. It will use less than 10 per cent of the water required for traditional field agriculture, while producing significantly higher yields compared to field-farmed produce. All of the excess water used will be recycled.
Alterrus's urban farm will operate year round. Its controlled growing environment shelters its produce from contamination, natural disasters and irregular weather patterns that are challenges for growers of traditional field produce.
'That reliability offers benefits to the retailer and consumer,' said Mr. Ng. 'This nutritious produce can be grown and delivered to our customers any time throughout the year.'
For more information visit: www.alterrus.ca.
About Alterrus Systems Inc.
Alterrus is a publicly traded company (CNSX: ASI)(OTCQB: ASIUF) headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. It is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, operation and integration of commercial VertiCrop technology for global markets. Alterrus has created a sustainable vertical growing system that grows fresh, nutritious, leafy green vegetables in urban environments where they are to be consumed. Using a fraction of the resources needed for traditional field agriculture, Alterrus generates substantially higher yields than conventional farming and was selected by TIME MAGAZINE as one of the best inventions of 2009.
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