How do we scale agricultural technology and innovation in the province and country?
Emerging agricultural technologies and techniques have the potential for contributing to sustainable food and farms systems; however, this potential can only be realized through scaling up and widespread implementation. FAI has done theoretical research related to this question; namely, FAI and colleagues have written on the problem with the current thinking around agriculture being constrained by a ‘large-scale, industrial farm versus small-scale, organic farm’ paradigm. The team subsequently defined a new agricultural approach, which focuses on the use of technology for producing high-quality local foods with small environmental footprints. FAI is also engaging in research on opportunities and best practices for incubator and accelerator programs, which can stimulate growth and uptake in agricultural technologies for advancing a new agricultural approach that involves the use of technologies for producing local, accessible, and environmentally-friendly foods.
Understanding Agritech Incubator and Accelerator Best Practices
The BC Food Web
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Newman, L., Fraser, E., Newell, R., Mendly-Zambo, Z., Green, A. G., & KC, K. B. (in review). Agriculture for the Anthropocene: Navigating competing visions for the future of food. Manuscript submitted for publication.