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Aquafarm, Novelfarm and Algaefarm 2023: the sustainable future of food at the Pordenone trade fair

Pordenone capital of aquaculture and vertical farming

14, Feb 2023

On 15 and 16 February 2023, AquaFarm, NovelFarm and AlgaeFarm return to the Pordenone Fair, international events that will take stock of the state of the art and future prospects of food production, with a focus on the breeding of aquatic species, algae cultivation, crops in a controlled environment and vertical farming. Two days dedicated to technology, innovation, processes and products focused on the needs of a constantly evolving world, which requires ever greater attention to aspects such as environmental sustainability and the yield of crops or livestock.
The parterre of the opening conference of the event scheduled for Wednesday 15 February at 10.00 am of the highest institutional level will be attended by Francesco Lollobrigida, Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry and Vannia Gava, Deputy Minister of the Environment and Energy Security. The theme of the debate moderated by Fabio Gallo, presenter of the RAI television show LineaBlu, will be the future of aquaculture in Italy and how to increase and protect sustainable production.
A single event that includes three complementary events. An eagerly awaited appointment by operators with exhibition itineraries in which the main international companies are present and an agenda of top-level technical conferences which includes moments of discussion, training and in-depth analysis with the intervention of speakers from all over the world.
AquaFarm, the international exhibition-conference dedicated to aquaculture, shellfish farming and the fishing industry, is the annual appointment for operators in the aquaculture supply chain and this year will be in its sixth edition. Great attention to the issues of climate change and expensive energy, which have also put aquaculture to the test. Thanks to strategic choices in the production chain, the sector can come out of it more sustainable. Also in the spotlight are the technologies, from which the environmental and economic sustainability of aquaculture passes: from underwater drones to the IoT, from farm design with simulation tools to applied artificial intelligence.

NovelFarm, the exhibition-conference dedicated to soilless crops now in its fourth edition, is also a unique event in Italy and in strong expansion.
The interventions of representatives of international organizations, Italian political decision-makers, researchers and operators will reiterate that indoor farming is the combination of primary food production techniques and technologies that can best guarantee high quality and quantity sustenance for the constantly growing world population . The soilless system saves water and fertilizers, eliminates the use of pesticides, eliminates fungicides and, above all, frees up the soil and leaves the environments and biodiversity intact, which is impacted even in "organic" crops.
This year's edition will offer participants updates in terms of technologies and solutions. At the forefront are genetics and varietal selections for vertical farming. De novo domestication is the new trend in the development of new cultivated plant varieties and species, together with its opposite, rewilding. From them, and from the former in particular, passes a large part of the future of new cultivation techniques, starting from vertical farms. But not everyone agrees, and they focus instead on technology. This comparison forms a key topic for NovelFarm conferences.

To give a protagonist space also to the algae and microalgae cultivation sector, the AlgaeFarm brand was born which distinguishes the event area where the best professional realities dedicated to the algoculture chain will present themselves: from scientific research to equipment manufacturers, from growers to those who use microalgae in various sectors, including nutraceuticals, food, energy and industry. Of particular interest is a topic on the front page of international magazines, the domestication of microalgae which, unlike what happens in agriculture, are raised in their "wild" form. For many experts, the future of microalgae depends on this new revolutionary step.

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