Food security is the state of being with reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.
The lack of it presents a serious and growing challenge in Canada’s northern and remote aboriginal communities.
Finding lasting solutions will require the involvement of policy-makers, private industries and those affected by food insecurity.
As the world’s population continues to increase and more countries become more developed, the need for food security will become a global issue.
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Improving food security in the north
will take many forms.
Fetchable, a joint venture between BBE and Canadian North Airlines, is an easy-to-use online shipping service created specifically for northern shipping needs. The service can deliver a limitless array of goods to people and businesses—fresh produce and meat, frozen and canned food, clothing, electronics, furniture, hardware, tires or automotive parts—that can be shipped from almost anywhere.
The CropBox is a self-contained agriculture solution designed for remote locations in mind.
The system uses hydroponic technology to grow up to 18,000 lbs. of fresh produce per year. Automation makes the CropBox system simple to use, with an online monitoring tool that can control lighting, PH levels, CO2 and provide a live-stream of the inside of the unit. Using 90% less water and 80% less fertilizer than traditional farming methods this system will grow 365 days a year in temperatures tested in the North. Whether you are supplying a community, mine, exploration camp or creating a business, the CropBox is lowering the costs of fresh produce in the North. Anywhere you can put a shipping container, you can put a CropBox.
Daniel Guhl, Business Development