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Adam Dixon (Phytoponics)

Adam Dixon won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in August 2017 for his business, Phytoponics.
According to the WWF, commercial farming and agriculture cause huge strain on the natural environment because they are energy, water and land intensive 1.
Globally, the agricultural sector consumes about 70% of the planet's accessible freshwater 2  and around 50% of the world's habitable land has already been converted to farming land 3.
 
Phytoponics, an agri-tech company founded in Cardiff by Adam Dixon, Luke Parkin and Matteo Iorio, has developed a system designed to make commercial greenhouses more energy, land and water efficient. Phytoponics grows vine crops, like peppers and tomatoes, in an inflatable bag filled with water which is attached to a pump to filter in nutrients and aerate the water – a method known as hydroponics.
 
There are other hydroponics systems on the market but they use rock pool growing systems, which are expensive to install and more difficult to scale up. Phytoponics’ grow bag – described by Adam as “a Jacuzzi in a bag”– is made out of a flexible polymer which offers high performance, but is cheaper to transport and install. Hydroponics is also much less carbon intensive than other growing forms as it uses significantly less land and water than soil growing. It also uses more efficient heating and cooling systems, making it less energy intensive. As a result, the team behind Phytoponics estimate that their system could be up to 80% more water efficient than soil based farming 4.
 
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