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Federal government invests in green(house) initiative

The federal government has invested $3.7 M into a partnership between two companies to turn waste heat into the heat needed to grow greenhouse tomatoes


Chatham, Ont. – Canada’s government is helping food companies as they strive to be adopt more sustainable practices.

In a statement, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced that is has invested $3.7 million for two Chatham, Ont. companies to “collaboratively reduce their environmental footprint, while making their operations more productive and competitive.”

“The environment and the economy go hand in hand,” says Peter Fragiskatos, member of Parliament for London North Centre.

“And our government knows that supporting sustainable solutions in agriculture will spur clean innovation, create jobs, and lead to a stronger agricultural sector. This project is a great example of two Chatham companies working together to improve greenhouse yields, while lowering their environmental footprint.”

The two companies in the arrangement are Greenfield Global and Truly Green Farms.

The statement explains the investment will enable “Greenfield to install new Dutch technology that pipes waste heat and carbon-dioxide across the road to Truly Green Farms, reducing the greenhouse energy costs and boosting tomato yields.”

“Sustainable agriculture improves the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the jobs in our communities. Truly Green has developed an innovative partnership with Greenfield to use waste heat from its ethanol process to boost the production of our greenhouse tomatoes,” says Greg Devries, president of Truly Green Farms & Cedarline Greenhouses.

“This investment is helping us become the first greenhouse of its kind to be warmed by waste heat. It will also make us one of the most energy-efficient greenhouses in North America.”

 


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