Sustainable food production lies at the nexus of the sustainable development challenge. Land use, water, energy, health, resource use, and biodiversity concerns intersect the requirements for increasing amounts of food the world over. This is affecting our global, national, and local economies. Sustainable agriculture is, therefore, a key focus point of Except's work. Since 1999 we have researched, developed, and executed multiple innovative food systems - take a look at the bottom of the page for some example projects.
We work with a variety of partners along the supply chain of food, from resource and production into retail, delivery, and recycling resources. We support partners in Asia, the Middle East, Australia, the Americas, and Europe with work on new concepts, such as vertical agriculture, innovative greenhouses, polycultures, and urban agriculture. We deliver strategies, feasibility studies, concept plans, facility designs, and implementation.
Sustainable Agriculture Services
We provide clients that wish to innovate in sustainable food production with the following services:
Research & Analysis
What is the market like? How can we increase sustainability performance, while also gaining operational benefits? How can we grow food effectively in challenging circumstances? Except researches the market, environmental conditions, policies and stakeholders and finds new opportunities in answering these questions. Using the intelligence from this research and analysis, we build strategies, business plans, and perform feasibility studies. From these we build integrated concepts and development plans.
Design and technology selection
We develop concepts and solutions that combine existing and proven technologies with state-of-the-art design. This ensures the long term resilience and adaptability of each plan and concept, and it creates healthy and inspiring places to work and live. Examples of our work are Polydome, a designed ecosystem that enables high-efficiency high-volume food production inside of greenhouses, and Serenity Farms, an industrial sustainable food production facility for desert climates that uses only salt sea water and sunlight as its major inputs.
We support projects from their idea down to execution and operation. This includes business model development, feasibility studies, managing stakeholders, and development management.
Areas of application
Except has worked since 1999 on sustainable agriculture projects. The areas of application include:
- Greenhouse agriculture innovation, in common as well as extreme climates
- Urban Agriculture, Regenerative Agriculture, Vertical Agriculture and Community Based Agriculture
- Agroforestry, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Hydroponics, Soilless, Aeroponics, and Aquaponics
- Algae production and product development
- Sustainable Agriculture business models, simulation, and feasibility