LIGHTLY SALTED

SALT Magazine - - Contents - TEXT ARISTA KWEK PHO­TOS SUSTENIR AGRICULTURE

Ground­break­ing farm­ing tech­nol­ogy, and new spe­cial­ity gro­cers to check out.

Thanks to in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy, we are now able to cul­ti­vate non-na­tive pro­duce such as straw­ber­ries, kale and arugula in Sin­ga­pore.

Har­ness­ing the best of to­day’s tech­nol­ogy to meet the agri­cul­tural needs of tomorrow, Sustenir Agriculture is set to pi­o­neer ver­ti­cal farm­ing for sus­tain­able, lo­cal food pro­duc­tion. With the launch of its Splen­did Straw­ber­ries-—the first Sin­ga­pore­grown straw­ber­ries—Sustenir shows how lever­ag­ing on in­no­va­tive farm­ing meth­ods can open up end­less agri­cul­tural pos­si­bil­i­ties. The use of hy­dro­pon­ics al­lows Sustenir to cul­ti­vate crops in pes­ti­cide and con­tam­i­nated soil-free con­di­tions, and with­out any form of haze or air pol­lu­tion to boot. Com­plete con­trol over ex­ter­nal growth fac­tors such as wa­ter and air qual­ity also al­low Sustenir to grow pris­tine pro­duce all year round, per­fect for im­portre­liant cities such as Sin­ga­pore. Case in point: Sustenir’s de­light­fully fresh ar­gula ($6/100g) and kale ($7/150g), which abate that need to ever reach for those small, droop­ing $10 bags of kale at the su­per­mar­ket.

Sustenir’s farm­ing method also guar­an­tees zero waste pro­duc­tion—a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment on in­dus­try stan­dards, where 33 per­cent of fresh pro­duce go to waste be­fore reach­ing the con­sumer. Each packet of Sustenir pro­duce also dis­plays the pro­duc­tion date, lo­ca­tion of pro­duc­tion, and batch num­ber, a trace­abil­ity sys­tem that won Sustenir the pres­ti­gious ISO 22000 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for its strict food man­age­ment and farm­ing pro­cesses in 2017, the first ver­ti­cal farm in the world to re­ceive such an award.

Apart from its newly-launched straw­ber­ries, Sustenir has also un­veiled its new R&D lab lo­cated at JTC LAUNCHPAD @one-north. Ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing more ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able agri-tech so­lu­tions, this R&D lab will fo­cus on solv­ing lo­cal farm­ing ob­sta­cles such as land scarcity, and re­search­ing the best pro­duce to sup­ply each mar­ket, keep­ing the im­pacts of car­bon foot­print in mind. An­other land-scarce city, Hong Kong, is also set to be the lo­ca­tion of Sustenir’s next farm, where pro­duce that matches the lo­cal palate will be grown.

Sustenir Agriculture’s pro­duce are avail­able at se­lect Cold Stor­age stores.

Co-founder Ben­jamin Swan show­ing Dr Koh Poh KoonSustenir’s fa­cil­i­tieis

Kale­grow­ing fa­cil­i­ties atSustenir

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