In a groundbreaking move for the vertical farming industry, Spread Co., Ltd., a leader in the field based in Kyoto, Japan, has become the first Japanese company to sign the Vertical Farming Manifesto and Identity Statement. The company’s CEO, Shinji Inada, confirmed that they joined over 30 leading global vertical farming corporations in supporting these pioneering initiatives aimed at developing a sustainable global food system.
Initially conceived and signed by more than 20 of the world’s foremost vertical farming enterprises in Brussels, Belgium, in September 2022, the Vertical Farming Manifesto and Identity Statement serve as a blueprint for reforming the existing food systems. These documents underscore the urgency to address pressing societal and environmental concerns, including climate change, population growth, and economic disparity. They illustrate how vertical farming could contribute significantly to resolving these critical issues, all while seeking collaboration with traditional agriculture to amplify production volume and secure a sustainable food supply for the growing global populace.
Furthermore, the Manifesto and Identity Statement provide future guidelines for the vertical farming industry and a declaration of commitment to amplifying sustainability within vertical farming. This encompasses decarbonization, a transition to green energy, measuring environmental impact, ensuring transparency, and aligning with globally accepted frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Spread Co., Ltd., established in 2006 with a vision of creating a “sustainable society where future generations can attain peace of mind,” reaffirmed its support for these global values despite the vertical farming industry’s current struggles with escalating energy and material costs. The company remains optimistic, asserting that vertical farming can surmount short-term difficulties through enhanced productivity.
Spread Co. emphasizes the traditional Japanese philosophy of “kaizen,” or “continuous improvement,” and technological innovation through research and development (R&D) as essential for addressing current issues in the industry.
“We strongly believe that as food security risks continue to rise, building a supply system where everyone has access to quality and nutritious food is crucial for our future,” stated CEO Shinji Inada. “Vertical farming, which is essentially a fusion of agriculture and technology, will play a vital role in creating a more resilient and sustainable food production system. We are excited to collaborate with our global partners in this endeavor.”
Spread Co.’s commitment signals a notable milestone in the vertical farming industry, positioning Japan at the forefront of this agricultural revolution and paving the way for future cooperation and innovation in the pursuit of a sustainable global food system.
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