SAUDI ARABIA – RedSea, a pioneering agri-climate tech company in the Middle East, is at the forefront of transforming harsh desert environments into sustainable food production hubs, drastically reducing carbon and water footprints by up to 90%.
Ryan Lefers, Co-founder and CEO of RedSea, during a recent interview, emphasized the company’s commitment to revolutionizing agriculture.
“Nearly 2 billion people live in hot and arid areas of the planet and providing a solution that helps improve the sustainability of cultivation in these regions will help to sustainably feed a global population estimated to grow to 10 billion by 2050,” said Lefers.
He further added that the firm’s employed technologies span from the roof of a greenhouse down to the crop roots, reducing energy and water consumption.
Their proprietary technologies encompass everything from innovative heat-blocking materials like iyris SecondSky to intelligent solutions such as Kairos, which includes Coretex monitors and specialized cooling modules for saline water.
Additionally, the Coretex intelligent systems provide real-time data, optimizing resource management and decision-making.
The company’s Volcano Genetics tomato rootstocks increase stress tolerance in crops, reducing resource inputs and the risk of crop failure in challenging conditions.
These solutions, according to Lefers, collectively enable efficient, sustainable, and resilient agriculture practices.
In terms of environmental impact, RedSea’s technologies significantly reduce carbon footprints associated with agriculture.
They enable farmers to monitor and adjust resource usage, minimize waste, and cut emissions linked to resource overuse.
Moreover, RedSea’s innovations focus on developing rootstock varieties specifically tailored for hot and salty environments, enabling cost-effective production of crops like tomatoes while conserving water, energy, and fertilizers.
Lefers highlighted the global applicability of their technology beyond current regions of implementation, stressing that the entire planet, even traditional agricultural hubs, can benefit.
The company envisions expanding its reach beyond the US, Southern Europe, Mexico, and the MENA region to combat the accelerating impacts of climate change worldwide.
Agriculture in arid and semi-arid regions often faces significant challenges, leading to reduced productivity and potential foregone profits.
The food industry stands to undergo a transformative shift with RedSea’s sustainable agriculture initiatives in ASAL (Arid and Semi-Arid Lands).
Financially, this shift could lead to substantial savings and increased profitability for the food industry.
RedSea’s technologies, such as SecondSky covers and Coretex intelligent systems, promise impressive resource savings of up to 90%, including a 40% decrease in energy consumption and a 30% reduction in water usage in hydroponic systems.
These efficiencies translate into lowered operational costs and enhanced profitability for farmers and stakeholders.
“We see the whole world as able to benefit from our technology – even areas previously thought of as agricultural hubs – as the entire planet is now forced to grapple with the accelerating impacts of climate change,” concluded Lefers.
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