Solution-focused innovation the future of agriculture

There is nothing ordinary about the future of agriculture and food in Canada. From technology and automation to upcycling and reducing food waste, 11 ag-tech companies at the recent AgShowcase sponsored by Bioenterprise and FCC highlighted how they are building businesses that will benefit the industry and consumers through unique, solution-focused innovation.

It was just over a year ago when FCC formed a partnership with Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine which provides an accelerator, mentorship, and support services for entrepreneurs and innovative companies in Canada’s agribusiness and agri-food sector.

The AgShowcase held virtually in June highlighted the progress that’s being made. “FCC believes investing in innovation is a key to strengthening Canada’s agriculture and food sectors. By increasing access to capital from seed stage to the later stage we are seeing real results,” says Rebbecca Clarke, FCC vice-president, and treasurer.

“Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine is also creating a collaborative and co-operative ecosystem of support for these innovative ideas which is driving success.”

The 11 businesses are part of a larger community of entrepreneurs that are diversifying Canada’s agri-food markets and attracting a labor force with varied skill sets that will help the industry achieve its potential.

Gaia Proteinis applying modern agricultural science and technology to cricket production in the emerging Canadian insect agriculture industry. They are focused on producing a high-quality product with low-cost inputs and environmental advantages. They want their approach to be a role model for other agricultural production systems. Gaia also doesn’t consider itself a competitor with other protein producers but rather another viable source of nutrition.

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