* Date : 2019-11-08
Along with the reduction of agricultural land which is caused by urbanization as well as population growth, the food of the future has faced significant challenges. Therefore, a variety of methods that can cultivate food more safely have garnered a lot of attention. Vertical farming enables the cultivation of crops all year around in the city regardless of climate change, by controling the light and temperature. Also, it has reduced possibilities of disease and insect pest, so it has emerged as a new type of agriculture in urban areas. A vertical farm has recently been established at a subway station, which is a sunless place. It is a small farm which was built inside the subway station, at an underused space. As it has collaborated with an automated system, which enables robots to take care of sowing and harvesting, it has captured a lot of attention in the market. The fresh vegetables raised at the Metro Farm have been provided at a cafe located next to the farm. Vertical farming has also been introduced to restaurants. As the restaurant consumes a lot of vegetables, it used to feel burdened by the high price of vegetables. And the vertical farm has tackled the existing difficulties facing the restaurant. Customers can check the farm which raises vegetables that are served to their table. Vertical farming, which has been applied to a lot of different areas, has also been introduced to schools and used as a method that can foster talented manpower. By raising the agricultural products at a vertical farm, students can learn more about vertical farming, which is an emerging agricultural skill for the future. We introduce vertical farming, which is expected to solve the labor shortage as well as a shortage of food in the future.
Water is a significant source of all living things. And it plays an important role for human health. Water scarcity, pollution and other issues caused by climate change have threatened the survival of all human beings. However, it requires a great expense to purify water. And a lot of eco-friendly water purification technologies that can save cost have garnered a lot of attention as future technologies. A domestic research team has developed Solar Still, which is equipment that can change the sea water into fresh water. Solar energy and Multiple Effect Diffusion Distillation are the major principles applied to the equipment. A large amount of sea water can be desalinated by using relatively small amount of thermal energy. Also, a domestic research institute has developed a microbubble pump, which is water purification equipment that can improve green and red tides. Making small air bubbles is the core technology of the microbubble pump. And a continuous S-shaped impeller was developed to create small bubbles. Also, the pump has gone through a verification test at a sewage treatment plant.Moreover, a portable water purifier has been developed and introduced to the market. When putting a portable water purifier into contaminated water and drinking it, purified water can be filtered out. The product can be used conveniently in various situations including climbing as well as natural disasters like flood and earthquake. When pouring contaminated water into a tumbler and drinking it with a straw, purified fresh water can be provided. We look into water purification technology, which be commercialized and contribute to boosting the global economic growth and promoting environmental protection.
A lot of domestic small and mid-sized businesses have developed high-quality products, but they are still facing difficulties in making advancement into the global market. An event, which offers chances for the domestic small and mid-sized businesses to enhance promotional and marketing strategies, has been held. A lot of businesses in about 850 different areas including living, leisure and beauty participated in the exhibition. Suggesting the most effective marketing strategies and offering new business opportunities to the participating SMEs are major goals of the trade fair. The latest trends in the fields of consumption and distribution can be checked at G-FAIR KOREA 2019. And subscription economy is one of the examples. Moreover, a lot of additional events were held to strengthen the capacity of SMEs. A consultation meeting on the e-commerce platform is the core of the trade fair, as it can help the participating SMEs build effective marketing strategies and open up new markets. By signing an MOU with Shopee, which is a provider of e-commerce platform for Southeast Asia, G-FAIR is planning to actively support the domestic SMEs so that they can gain ground in new markets. Also, an event which can help the businesses cope with the fourth industrial revolution and check the latest industrial trends has been provided. We explore G-FAIR KOREA 2019, the largest trade fair for small and medium-sized enterprises in Korea, which has contributed to strengthening the capacity of SMEs and helped them cultivate new markets.