Lo­cal green­house tech­nol­ogy sup­ports space travel

The Woolwich Observer - - VENTURE -

PEO­PLE MAY NOT THINK of Canada’s Food Univer­sity – the Univer­sity of Guelph – as one of North Amer­ica’s pre-em­i­nent in­sti­tu­tions linked to space.

But re­searchers in many labs on cam­pus are highly re­garded in such stud­ies.

One of the most en­dur­ing ex­am­ples of the univer­sity’s con­nec­tion to space be­longs to en­vi­ron­men­tal sciences pro­fes­sor Mike Dixon, and his con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment sys­tems re­search lab.

Dixon was a pi­o­neer in green­house re­search – among the most prac­ti­cal and ap­plied con­trolled en­vi­ron­ments on Earth – and went on to en­gage in stud­ies de­signed to ad­dress as­tro­nauts’ need to grow their own food for ex­tended space mis­sions.

He’s be­come a world authority on food for space, and con­tin­ues to blaze new fron­tiers in con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment crops, par­tic­u­larly cannabis.

Dixon is fond of say­ing food de­ter­mines how far we can go from Earth and how long we can stay. Of course, he ac­knowl­edges, there are other fac­tors. But what’s more fun­da­men­tal

gro­cery space are eye­ing even more lo­ca­tions in the years to come. In­deed, re­tail com­pa­nies are de­vel­op­ing new busi­ness mod­els, or re­think ex­ist­ing ones, in di­rect re­sponses to the ‘new nor­mal’ in the shop­ping world.”

“Amid dis­rup­tion from the Ama­zons of the world, re­tail­ers should fo­cus on cre­at­ing value and in­no­vat­ing on the links be­tween on­line and phys­i­cal shop­ping,” added Kruh. “To­day, con­sumers are most keen on dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ences that im­prove and com­ple­ment the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment around them.”

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