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McGill Researcher to Collaborate with Urban Barns

December 4, 2012

MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – URBAN BARNS FOODS INC. (URBF.QB)
(“the Company” or “URBAN BARNS”), today announced collaborative
research between Urban Barns and McGill University on CUBIC AGRICULTURE
growing practices.

The aim of the research is to further improve the efficiency and
production of Urban Barns Cubic Agriculture vegetable and fruit
production in urban areas.

The idea of food production in an urban agricultural environment has
been proposed by a number of companies but the technology already
developed by Urban Barns coupled with McGill food production research
and engineering knowledge will allow the Cubic Agriculture system to
reach the next level of sustainable food production.

Dr. Mark Lefsrud, McGill’s lead researcher on the 5-year project, said,
“The major issues to be researched are; energy reduction (light and
heat), selection of species and cultivars for this specific growing
environment, determining the nutritional improvement of plants grown
within the Urban Cubic Growing system with additional focuses on
reduced carbon footprint, nutrient recycling, minimal water usage,
recyclable product packaging, leading to a sustainable urban
agriculture model.”

Richard Groome, President of Urban Barns Foods Canada said “We are
indeed very excited about our new relationship with McGill’s Macdonald
Campus and Dr.Lefsrud. As Urban Barns rolls out our proprietary Cubic
Farming method world-wide, we look forward to working with McGill’s
outstanding team of researchers to further develop improved cycle times
and crop yields along with adding additional crop types that can be
grown in our Cubic Farming systems.”

About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Que., in 1821, McGill is Canada’s leading
post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11
professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 37,000
students, including 8,300 graduate students. McGill attracts students
from over 150 countries around the world, with more than 7,200
international students making up 20 per cent of the student body.
Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than
English, including more than 6,200 francophones.

About Urban Barns Foods Inc.

Urban Barns uses patent pending proprietary equipment to produce
affordable vegetables in a secure and controlled indoor environment. By
setting up subsidiary facilities and growing locally, Urban Barns can
focus on supplying any community, irrespective of the regional climate,
effectively reducing shipping times and related spoilage costs. Urban
Barns has the unique ability to scale and cater to the demands of all
major communities. Our commitment to our consumers is reflected through
our motto, “Purely Fresh, Naturally Tasty, and Completely Healthy”. The
websites www.urbanbarns.com and www.urbanbarnsfoods.com are registered trademarks and Cubic Farming and Cubic Agriculture are
copyright of Urban Barns. All other company and product names mentioned
are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set
forth above may be forward-looking statements that involve certain
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from
those in the forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipate”,
“believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend” and similar expressions, as
they relate to Urban Barns or its management, identify forward-looking
statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current
beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by and information
currently available to management. Actual results could differ
materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as
a result of certain factors such as the level of business and consumer
spending, the amount of sales of Urban Barns’ products, the competitive
environment within the industry, the ability of Urban Barns to continue
expanding its operations, the level of costs incurred in connection
with Urban Barns’ expansion efforts, economic conditions in the
industry and the financial strength of Urban Barns’ customers and
suppliers. Urban Barns does not undertake any obligation to update such
forward-looking statements. Investors are also directed to consider all
other risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE Urban Barns Foods Canada Inc.


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