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Introduction and adoption of technical innovations – a study of sustainable production of leafy vegetables in different production systems

Drottberger, Annie (2021). Introduction and adoption of technical innovations – a study of sustainable production of leafy vegetables in different production systems. (LTJ, LTV) > Department of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101), Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Introductory paper at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science ; 2021:4
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Production of leafy vegetables can take place in a variety of different production systems. Open field and greenhouse production have traditionally been used but alternative production systems with advanced technologies have started to appear lately, e.g. Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFAL). This opens up for new opportunities with increased attention from venture capitalist and investors highlighting food-tech as a new field of interest. At the same time, the technology development can open up for possibilities mainly for firms producing leafy vegetables in greenhouses if they can adopt relevant knowledge and innovations from different production systems. There is also an increased interest for start-up initiatives and businesses in urban settings e.g. urban farming, vertical farming, aquaponics or roof top farms to mention a few models (Thomaier et al., 2015). In contrast, there is furthermore low tech initiatives with market gardening, CSA (community supported agriculture) and small-scale artisan production that can also be important niches for sustainable production of vegetables (Drottberger et al., 2021). These different initiatives can be seen as positive movements influencing society and increasing consumers’ awareness when it comes to food production since the producers often use different business models and alternative food networks compared to the traditional value chain (ibid.). But the fact that new actors are entering the market could also create tensions between urban and rural contexts due to the different backgrounds of the grower and sometimes different possibilities for the businesses e.g. depending on support and policies from society.

Authors/Creators:Drottberger, Annie
Title:Introduction and adoption of technical innovations – a study of sustainable production of leafy vegetables in different production systems
Series Name/Journal:Introductory paper at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science
Year of publishing :2021
Number:2021:4
Number of Pages:18
Publisher:Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science
Language:English
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Horticulture
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:greenhouse, horticulture, hydroponics, innovation, LED lighting, vertical farming
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111787
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111787
ID Code:23477
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)
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Deposited On:12 May 2021 11:03
Metadata Last Modified:17 May 2021 14:09

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