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Value-added agriculture: much more than wheat and potatoes

By Shelley King      

The way we think about farming is changing. Canada’s agri-business is poised to take the lead.

Born out of the 2016 competition of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, NPC aims to help Canada reap the benefits of a faster, cheaper and more efficient process for commercializing validated natural products, writes Shelley King. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia
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In 2015, global investment in food and agriculture technology start-ups reached US$4.6-billion, nearly doubling the 2014 levels. Why are fund managers so interested in this market? A look at recent trends provides some clues. Demographics are leading the change in how we approach food and diet. Many countries in the developed world are facing aging populations, an intensified focus on personal health and well-being, and an increased demand for sustainable food practices. Consider these staggering stats on the

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