Terramera, the global AgTech leader fusing science, nature and artificial intelligence to transform how food is grown and the economics of agriculture, today was recognized in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards. These awards honor ideas that are actively engaged and deeply committed to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. Terramera’s proprietary Actigate™ Targeted Performance Technology was selected as a finalist in the Food category, and honorable mention in the General Excellence category.
“Our Actigate technology can reduce the global synthetic chemical load in agriculture at least 80% by 2030, and we are thrilled to have it recognized as a World Changing Idea by Fast Company amongst other trailblazing innovations focused on building a better world,” said Karn Manhas, Terramera Founder and CEO. “Actigate can help make farming healthier, more sustainable and more productive so we can ensure a world that thrives and provides for everyone, while also helping to turn back the clock on climate change.”
The current conventional ’spray-and-pray’ approach on farms means 50-90% of farm chemicals, like pesticides and fertilizers, get washed away into the soil and water. Not only is this inefficient, but an excessive build-up of chemicals can result in unintended consequences on human health and our environment which can damage soils, waterways, beneficial organisms and wildlife.
Terramera’s Actigate technology solves this by significantly improving the performance and uptake of the active ingredients used in crop protection products. Actigate can reduce the synthetic chemical load by at least 80% and make organic bio-pesticides perform more effectively, lowering costs across the system, improving farm productivity and profitability, and reducing waste and environmental impact.
“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” said Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.”
Terramera is the only Vancouver-based company to receive honors in the Food and General Excellence categories. Terramera’s proprietary Actigate Targeted Performance Technology was selected from more than 3000 entries from across the globe by a panel of distinguished judges and will be highlighted in the May/June issue of Fast Company.
Terramera is a global AgTech leader fusing science, nature and artificial intelligence to transform how food is grown and the economics of agriculture in the next decade. With its revolutionary Actigate™ technology, Terramera is committed to reducing the global synthetic pesticide load by 80% by 2030 to protect plant and human health and ensure an earth that thrives and provides for everyone. The privately held company was founded in 2010 and has grown to include a world-class bench of engineers, scientists, advisors and investors. Terramera is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has integrated operations in Canada, the US and India that include research labs, a greenhouse and farm, and has more than 200 patents in its IP portfolio. For more information, please visit terramera.com
About the World Changing Ideas Awards
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.