The world's population is expected to increase by two billion over the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050. Our current agricultural practices are unsustainable and we will not be able to feed the world’s population as it grows. The rise of extreme weather events and climate change will have increasingly negative effects on food production. It is clear that global food production is facing a tangible and present threat and we all need to respond urgently to find the solutions that will prevent major crises.
Liberty Produce is a farming technology company founded in 2018 to respond to this urgent crisis in food security. We build leading-edge technology that enables the growth of local produce year-round, using fully-controlled indoor vertical farming systems.
"Our vision is to drive innovations that will
enable us to meet our global crop requirements
over the next century, without harming the planet."
Vertical farming cannot currently compete with traditionally farmed produce in terms of cost. Liberty exists to push the boundaries of this technology -- we are constantly working with our customers to produce more efficient, more cost effective, better integrated solutions. With expertise in lighting and nutrient delivery technology, we build systems that reduce operational costs, improve yields of crops for farmers and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic exposed fundamental issues with the global supply chain and poor deals for farmers across the world. There is suddenly a greater awareness of how precarious our food systems really are. Knowledge sharing is a core principle of Liberty Produce; we share knowledge on the fragility of our food systems, the potential solutions and our expertise on growing and vertical farming. We believe a growing and food revolution will only be possible through a collective commitment to a sustainable and secure food future and that all starts with information sharing and engagement.
Dr. Dylan Banks
Co-Founder and Knowledge Director
Dylan is a physicist and bio-engineer;
he has held positions in business and technology commercialisation environments at Cambridge and Imperial College London. He has worked closely with the NHS, MoD, Defra, DIT and AgriTech centres to develop novel technologies and systems.
Dr. Philippe Mozzanega
Co-Founder and Science Director
Philippe is an agronomist, with specialisation in plant and microbial biochemistry. After a career in biotech he returned to academia, researching the sustainability of fuel, food, and water, developing and running pilot plants. His research sparked an interest in CEA and the global future of agriculture, leading him to co-found Liberty Produce.
Alexander was formerly CEO of Shephard Media, an international media company. He has worked at a government to government and company to government level across the Middle East, South East Asia, Europe and
Head of Product
With a background in product development and brand establishment, Benita excels in dynamic start-up environments. She has significant experience developing products and brands that respond and speak directly to global market needs.
Head of Engineering
Fred is obsessed with practical product development that meets real need. He has engineered product solutions for a range of brands, including Eaton, Hubbell, Sharp, GE, Panasonic, NEC, Yamazen and Sylvania. Based in China, he is uniquely placed to rapidly design and deliver the manufacture of cutting edge Liberty Produce technology.
Head of Delivery
Joel has significant experience in
project and system management
across government, commercial and non-profit sectors. With a successful track record delivering multi-million-pound government contracts, he is leveraging his expertise to lead Liberty Produce’s operations.
Dr. Emma Campbell
Horticulture Advisor & Technical Writer
Emma manages the Future Farming Hub facility based at the James Hutton Institute. With an academic background examining the benefits of utilising biotechnology in plants and significant experience researching bacterial diseases and resistance, Emma brings specific expertise developing growth protocols tailored to specific crops.
Growing & Relationship Manager
Josh is an expert horticulturalist and brings significant experience working with a wide range of crops to the Liberty team. He is fascinated by the natural world and the many benefits that plants offer humanity. He is currently focused on how to improve localised food production and security in a sustainable way.
Maya manages social media at Liberty Produce. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Media and Communications at LSE and is an editor on The Beaver student newspaper. She has first-class BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick.