Disruptive changes coming in technologies of food production, finds report
- Breakthroughs in agricultural cleantech uncovered and profiled in
“Latest Agricultural Technology Innovation,” published today by Kachan
& Co. –
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Changes in the way food is grown
will soon represent risk to existing dominant players worldwide and
create new opportunities in agriculture, a new report finds.
Increasing population, climate change, rising fossil fuel prices,
ecosystem degradation and water and land scarcity are making today’s
food production methods increasingly unsustainable and driving
important new innovation in agricultural technology, according to
cleantech analysis and consulting company Kachan & Co.’s latest report
published today, Latest Agricultural Technology Innovation: Companies and breakthroughs
most likely to help the world produce more food with less.
“Agricultural technology innovation hasn’t been as high profile as other
cleantech sectors like renewable energy or transportation, but it
potentially has more immediate importance to us as a species,
particularly if we start seeing crisis events around food
availability,” said Kachan Analyst Shannon Payne, primary author of the
report. “And while attracting only a fraction of the capital of other
cleantech segments, there’s an active exit climate, with innovative
companies consistently being acquired by leading firms.”
The 59-page study defines the agricultural cleantech category. It
uncovers and profiles dozens of promising companies developing new
clean, sustainable agricultural technologies. Sectors examined in the
report span crop farming (including natural fertilizers and amendments,
biological control of weeds, pest and disease, precision irrigation and
fertilization, land management, biotechnology, tools and equipment,
waste innovations and transport decay prevention), controlled
environment agriculture (including hydroponics, aeroponics, vertical
farming and improved greenhouses), sustainable forestry, animal farming
waste innovations and aquaculture (including health and yield,
containment and waste innovations).
The report found aquaculture to be the fastest growing sector of the
category, growing at 8-10% per year. The report profiles 9 important
aquaculture technology vendors.
One of the sectors profiled by the report–innovations aimed at
increasing crop yields–has been increasingly associated with
genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. But alternative approaches are
being promoted by new companies.
“There are an increasing number of approaches to increasing yield and
controlling pests that are 100% natural,” said Kachan Managing Partner
Dallas Kachan. “We found companies that stimulate plant growth through
selective breeding, by activating plants’ natural defense mechanisms or
by harnessing plants’ own gene repair mechanisms. Innovative companies
in agriculture are increasingly leveraging biology, and not chemistry
From hundreds of agricultural cleantech companies around the world, the
report identifies and profiles 57 at the leading edge of agricultural
cleantech: 312 Aquaponics, Advanced BioNutrition, AeroFarms, AgLocal,
Agradis, AgraQuest, Agrinos, Airstream Innovations, Alterrus Systems,
AquaSeed, AquaSpy, ArborGen, ATD Manure Management Systems, Becker
Underwood, BioDiscovery, Blue River Technology, Bright Farms,
Chromatin, Cibus, Divergence, DripTech, Eden Research, EOSi, Exosect,
Goemar, Grasslands, GreenScene Agritek, ImageTree, Jiangxi Tianren
Ecology, Landec, Livestock Water Recycling, Lufa Farms, Marrone Bio
Innovations, Martin Industries, Montana Microbial Products, Nobel
Environmental Technologies, NovaGreen, NuAgri, Open Ocean Systems,
OVRsol, Performance Plants, Plant Health Care, Portable Farms,
Precision Planting, Purfresh, PureSense, ScoutPro, SemiosBIO, Solum,
Targeted Growth, Trimble, Triton Logging, Trophomax, TruLeaf, TyraTech,
Urban Barns and Vestaron.
The report is available for purchase and immediate download at http://www.kachan.com/report/agricultural-cleantech-technology-innovation-report. It is intended for companies across the agricultural value chain, from
small technology developers to large multinationals, investors seeking
disruptive innovation, service providers seeking promising agricultural
companies as clients, policy makers and others.
About Kachan & Co.
Kachan & Co. is a cleantech research and advisory firm with offices in
San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The company publishes research on
clean technology companies and future trends and provides consulting
services to large corporations, governments and cleantech vendors.
Kachan staff have been covering, publishing about and helping propel
clean technology since 2006. For more information, visit http://www.kachan.com.
SOURCE Kachan & Co.