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Symbiosis Centre for Zero Waste Agriculture

Power the World - Feed the People - Heal the Planet; An Outcome Driven Innovation Centre in Agriculture, Demonstrating Cascade Utilization

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

The City of Abbotsford British Columbia * Point 3 Biotech Corp. - Synthetic Biology * Trident Processes Inc.- Liquid Solid Separation/Nutrient Harvesting * NISP Canada (Industrial Symbiosis) * Hallbar Consulting - Industry/government subject matter expert * PHIX Genomics * Bakerview EcoDairy - Education and Outreach Centre for advanced technology/animal agriculture interface * University of British Columbia - BioProducts Institute * Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada - addressing strategic priorities * Oranya Farms (poultry) * Trilean Pork * FREDSense * Kwantlen Polytechnic University * Seabreeze Farm (Dairy) * Irwin Macleran Enterprises * First American Scientific Corp * ECO-TEK Ecological Technologies Inc.* Progressive Planet Solutions INC.(Zeolite Innovation) * The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. * The Natural Gas Innovation Fund

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://catalystpower.org/

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 10+ years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Abbotsford B.C.

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Canada

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Abbotsford British Columbia Canada (375.55 square kilometres) The Fraser Valley Regional District covers 13,361.74 km²

What country is your selected Place located in?

Canada

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

It is my home, and the self proclaimed Agricultural Capital of Canada. Roughly 80% of the animal agriculture in this province happens in this small valley, and there is a terrible opportunity/threat from manure loading. Our natural gas utility has the best Renewable Natural Gas program on this continent, which will provide the revenue for technology development. We make RNG in a process that allows us to disassemble the manure into its building blocks. We then use the elements for new food and feed. I moved here in 2008 to launch this vision, and have been working for a decade to build the individual pieces that can now be connected for a full system solution.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Abbotsford is the third largest city in BC, and is called "The City in the Country". Our largest industry is agriculture. We are ethnically diverse, with a large Dutch and South Asian communities, and we all get along wonderfully! Dairy and poultry are our two largest Ag products. Farmland is the most expensive in Canada, and likely the world. It is also among the most productive. We are located in a coastal rainforest, and most of Abbotsford sits over the unconfined Sumas Aquifer. With the numbers of animals we have, and the small acres to spread on, the ground water is under serious pressure. Our total ag production has, I am told, the highest variety of any area in the world. We are about an hour from Vancouver, and 2 hours from Seattle. 

Our location gives us two distinct advantages. We are able to leverage the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, (https://connectcascadia.com/) supporting and benefiting from the vibrant life sciences, data and AI communities of Seattle and Vancouver. 

Rising another magnitude for impact, we can be lifted into the Pacific Coast Collaborative programs. (http://pacificcoastcollaborative.org/

The Abbotsford Community Foundation has released the 2019 Abbotsford Vital Signs report that provides a deep look into who we are today. 

https://abbotsfordcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/VitalSigns-Abbotsford-2019.pdf 

The Symbiosis Centre will fill a gap on the Canadian Agriculture Innovation Landscape by creating a place for all stakeholders to convene in British Columbia. As a Benifits Corp, the Centre will deliver a long roster of tools to support the pathway to a future of abundance. 

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

375

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

151923

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

With our 12+ years in the trenches together, more than a dozen projects built, and total valuation of component installs passing $15 million dollars, this is a ground floor opportunity. 

The dominant challenge the world faces today when it comes to food is that we think about it in isolation, not in a contextualized manner. We analyse food, energy, water and health individually, without considering the dynamic interactions. We treat animals as a primary source of food, and many people and groups are strongly attached to the current way of doing things. We have arrived here over centuries of incremental advances, with farmers industrializing what they saw in nature, always tweaking the old ways. The impacts are documented in the UN FAO Water pollution from agriculture: a global review report (Summary attached below) https://www.unwater.org/water-pollution-from-agriculture-a-global-review/

We need a solutions revolution – a shift to Outcome Driven Innovation. Our vision and plan address Environment, Economics, Technology, and Policy. Our current practices of animal agriculture are fabulously wasteful, but the best bad examples are the best places to start, and based on the data, this is cows. A single dairy cow has the environmental impact of 30 people. It takes 15kg of feed to get 1kg of beef from a feedlot steer. 80% of animal agriculture in British Columbia happens in the Fraser Valley. Abbotsford is the largest municipality in the valley, and is an agri-food processing hotspot. It has massive concentrations of animals, which means massive concentrations of manure. Our farmland is among the most expensive anywhere in the world, and our labor costs are very high. $100,000 minimum per acre for land in the Fraser Valley means it is near impossible to make money from farming, but a lot of people need to eat. Abbotsford sits on an unconfined aquifer that flows into America, setting us up for future troubles, and our airshed is a funnel, framed by mountains. If we don’t develop system-based solutions for the Fraser Valley, no-one will be able to afford to farm on what is some of the best farmland in the world. With our proposed system we change the context, empowering people to make data-driven choices. By looking at food through the lens of health, we see that cheap food is in reality tragically expensive. We have worked at the nexus of food, energy, water for more than a decade, with a vision of zero waste agriculture. In 2008, with our first visioneering document, we used concepts that were alien to the established market. When we said that biogas plants needed multiple revenue streams, the concept of a biorefinery had not yet emerged. We still need to tackle deep entrenchments and cognitive bias, but by 2030 our shrinking planetary capacity to feed the people will drive more rapid change. Soil erosion, climate change, water scarcity, peak phosphorus, GHGs from fertilizer production and other harmful dynamics are all now in the public eye. Even if we eliminate the downstream food waste, the poor efficiency of our upstream practices are not sustainable. We are seeing some change, but it is incremental and linear.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

New systems must find ways to generate resources to fund development. Our Centre will create at least $7 million dollars a year for the next 20 years. Being a B-Corp, that is enough to empower every single one of the other submissions here in some way.

The industrial agricultural complex knows humans cannot continue to do things the way we are. Our vision is data-driven, using mission-focused tools and informatics at the nexus of food, energy, water and health. It applies deep analysis of the positive and negative externalities of the food systems to the agricultural realities of the Abbotsford area. It incorporates powerful tools such as The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). (http://teebweb.org/agrifood/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TEEBAgriFood_Synthesis_high.pdf) It switches from Idea Driven, to Outcome Driven Innovation. It understands where we are, sets aspirational moonshot goals, and builds a balanced scorecard to track all metrics. We are convinced, based on the data, that the future of food will not use animals anything like it does today. Our target is zero waste agriculture with total resource efficiency, following a path of the reliably possible, highest and best use. Our vision is not anchored in the past or the present, but in a future where there is abundant food for all. We started at the back-end of animal agriculture, with anaerobic digestion in 2010. We added nutrient harvesting in 2015 with our first installation. Our next step is the creation of an applied research facility where we will run head-to-head competitions in the quest for zero waste agriculture. We will load sensors throughout the Centre, and at every data-point we will be able to identify on partner farms - dairy, poultry and hog farmers who want to join us because they want to farm in a better way. We continue to surf the leading edge of agriculture, with a towline hooked to the rocketing advances in sensors, machine learning, life sciences and synthetic biology. Supported by a 20-year utility contract for the supply of renewable natural gas, and the sale of many co-products, we will be able to generate revenues to invest in emerging solutions. Our Symbiosis Centre, being outcome driven, will be able to embrace a new technology from the spark of an idea to technology readiness and full commercialization. By 2050, we anticipate being able to reverse the flow of our natural gas grid connections; our renewable natural gas tanks will become loop reactors, converting gasses to food and materials. Companies like Calysta are already doing this (http://calysta.com/feedkind/product/). The protein production of 3000 acres of corn could be replaced by a one cubic meter reactor. With the help of the Food System Vision Prize, we will lift the movements from local and linear, to global and exponential!

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

The current trajectory indicates that there may soon be no animal agriculture in the Fraser Valley. Farmers are moving their operations to places that are less expensive and less confined, working on less productive land where food is grown further from their consumers. Animals may still have a place in our 2050 food systems, but ONLY if producers will embrace new systems to address the inherent inefficiencies. Disruption of these industries is inevitable, but with properly designed systems, we will minimize the tremendous wastefulness of chaos. 

Our work delivers clean energy, food, water, soil and air. It allows small family farms to unite to reach economies of scale, and it helps chicken, dairy, and hog farms to cooperate, turning costs and threats into opportunities and new revenue streams. It gives crop/vegetable farmers get clean, safe, local organic fertilizer. We also provide building blocks for synthetic biology. You can see where we were in 2016 in my TEDx talk, Poop Soup and the Inevitable Global Movement. Using our systematic process we can guide today’s animal agricultural producers into high efficiency systems, offering an organized roadmap. As new solutions become reliable, we will use sensors/data to help farmers to move to the highest and best use, reducing many of the limitations that arise in animal husbandry. If animals are still used in food production, our system will take the residuals (manures) directly from the barn, and use anaerobic digestion to extract the residual energy as biogas. Other solutions will disassemble the organics to isolate the building blocks (water, NPK, etc), and synthetic biology will recombine methane and CO2 with water, nutrients and renewable energy in controlled reactors to produce new clean animal feed.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

RethinkX predicts "By 2030, the US dairy and cattle industry will have collapsed,’ as microbial protein factories take over". (report below) We're not sure, and we will hedge the bets for everyone through true cost accounting. Systems are the answer, and we need to use ALL tools - Data driven, Mission focused!

We envision a Circular BioEconomy and abundance for all. Our vision was born in 2008, but the local agricultural community was not ready; we have had to wait for greater awareness of the climate crisis and water pollution to turn farmers’ minds in a deeply entrenched, conservative industry. In 2050, our Symbiosis Centre for Zero Waste Agriculture is fully established, with hundreds of copies around the world. Three additional Synthetic Biology centres are co-located: The Centre for Food Abundance The Centre for Microbial Mining (Biochemicals) The Centre for BioMaterials Science. The centres cooperate in informatics at the nexus of food, energy, water and health. Any remaining dairy, poultry and hog farms will send their manures through pipelines for processing. Abbotsford continues to be the food production heart of British Columbia, but no longer polluting the air, soil and waters. In the Symbiosis Centre, many subsystems are co-located for demonstration at scale with head-to-head analysis comparing the old practices. Through true cost accounting and leveraged developments in life sciences and sensors, we are helping to secure the future of food, with many healthcare, economic and environmental co-benefits. We are providing a sustainable supply chain in which problematic waste streams such as municipal waste water treatment sludge are disassembled into clean nutrients and elements. Biogas is separated into methane and CO2, and both gasses are converted by microbes into clean, healthy feed or food. 

Symbiosis Centre has been designed to provide a hub for Ag innovation. There are many stakeholders in this theater, and by allowing individual actors, that address specific aspects of food systems to join core projects, we exponentially multiply the impact. A strong example of this is our partner PHIX Genomics. 

PHIX Genomics uses state-of-the-art genomics, bioinformatics and digital imaging technologies to generate the highest resolution, and most comprehensive diagnostic reporting. They empower healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose and treat disease, anticipate and stop disease, and guide safer therapeutic approaches. We seek the same in food systems. Jeffrey Seitz is the founder of PHIX GENOMICS, and Vice President of D-MARK Biosciences, Canada’s premier provider of advanced solutions for genomics and molecular biology. As this technology continues to evolve, and the costs come down, more and more applications will open. As we move deeper and deeper into the microcosmos, solutions like this will insure we are safely and efficiently guided.

The long reach of our vision includes containerized food/energy/water systems, using common sea cans, designed for rapid deployment, and easy distribution. They underpin sanitation, water and nutrition for distributed family cluster or village-sized groups; miniaturized examples of the regional facilities. All of these will be linked as living labs to insure advances are shared in real time. These will be able to produce perishables with zero food miles. This component allows us to decentralize, democratize and demonetize a substantial portion of food systems around the world.

As mentioned in "Address the Challenge" above, we are betting big on gas fermentation (Synthetic Biology) because, through the lens of efficiency, it crushes the competition. We have selected the location for the Symbiosis Centre based on the large natural gas transmission line, which serves the nearly 3 million people in the BC Lower Mainland, passing directly through it. As part of our development plan, we have already began exploring the idea of using a high temperature fuel cell, eating pipeline natural gas, connected to a hydrogen reformer, such as the one from our local associate Quadrogen Power Systems. This will allow us to feed clean green electricity to a local microgrid, and use the heat and deionized water for land based fish farms and greenhouse operations. Microbial conversion processes will be used to turn the hydrogen and CO2 into new foods, chemicals and biomaterials, such as is done by Calysta (protein), Cemvita Factory (glucose) and Mango Materials (fully biodegradable biopolyester fibers) . With all of this, truly, Abundance is our future.

There is a great deal of talk about "regenerative agriculture" today. In our plan, we take the pressure off the earth by moving to closed containment food production, then step back, watch, smell and listen to what nature is telling us. Humans have a poor track record when it comes to active efforts to fix what we damaged in the environment. In our vision, we let science and nature tell us what is healthy for all, and we give the earth some bed rest... 

Power the World - Feed the People - Heal the Planet!

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Frank's profile
Frank Engel

Role added on team:

"Frank represents Trident Processes, who has more than 25 years experience in liquid solid separation on dairy farms. Trident introduced pioneering systems for dairy based digesters in 2015, successfully harvesting more than 90% of the phosphorus for reuse on multiple farms since."

James's profile
James Irwin

Role added on team:

"James is the CEO of Point 3 Biotech Corp, and leading the way forward on the synthetic biology portion of this system. With more than 15 years experience with micro algae for natural health products, he is well equipped when it comes to bioreactors."

Azadeh's profile
Azadeh Kermanshahi-pour

Role added on team:

"Azadeh is an Associate Professor in the Biorefining and Remediation Lab, in the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada. Her team has been doing extensive work on both ends of this cycle, on digester efficiency, and extraction of high value compounds from biomass. She provides an important cross country link."

Jeffrey's profile
Jeffrey Seitz

Role added on team:

"Jeffrey Seitz, founder of PHIX GENOMICS, and Vice President of D-MARK Biosciences, Canada’s premier provider of advanced solutions for genomics and molecular biology. PHIX uses state-of-the-art genomics, bioinformatics and digital imaging technologies to generate the highest resolution, and most comprehensive diagnostic reporting,empowering professionals to accurately diagnose and treat disease, anticipate and stop disease, and guide safer therapeutic approaches. We bring this to food systems."

Kerry's profile
Kerry Doyle

Role added on team:

"Kerry is the Founder and CEO of Trident Processes LLC, a continental leader in nutrient harvesting and liquid/solid seperation. Their first full scale installation in the USA was at Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana, where the system has been so reliable, another company (Midwest BioAg) has invested millions to complete the cycle with a fertilizer plant."

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Jae Mather

Role added on team:

"Jae represents the Carbon Free Group, and Progressive Planet, a group making tremendous inroads in the benificial use of Zeolite. http://progressiveplanet.ca/ Low carbon, high durability building products are another important part of a total system."

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Bethany Deshpande

Role added on team:

"Bethany is the CEO of Somadetect, which has created an in-line sensor that measures every critical indicator of dairy-quality from every cow, at every milking. It uses no consumables, no chemicals, no cartridges, with no lost milk. Their technology delivers results in minutes, with data you can act on. Being able to see data in real time allows farmers to take action on issues, minimizing contamination of larger volumes downstream."

David's profile
David Lloyd

Role added on team:

"FREDsense Technologies uses synthetic biology to innovate on sensors which we use to understand feedstocks and waste streams better than ever before. We know that safe drinking water, process waters, and wastewater need accessible and easy to use sensors to make this vision of Zero Waste Agriculture a reality and look forward to supporting this project as it continues to move forward."

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Kimron Rink

Role added on team:

"Kim is the Founder of ECO-TEK Ecological Technologies Inc. They Design/build Solar Aquatics System (SAS) water reclamation technology. The Solar Aquatics System is designed to duplicate the natural purifying processes of streams and wetlands within a climate controlled, regionally-appropriate solarium, greenhouse, or shade house. The SAS provides an ideal environment for bacteria, algae, plants, and aquatic animals to thrive. Together we strive to truly UNDERSTAND nature, and harnes her power."

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Attachments (8)

NISP Canada Pilot Agriculture-2019.pdf

NISP Canada is a key partner for the Centre, bringing the world class tools of International Synergies Industrial Ecology Solutions, which has established partners in over 20 countries around the world. This report details findings from the $1 million dollar pilot program completed in British Columbia. It found that 37% of all Symbiosis opportunities identified in this region were in agriculture.

RethinkX+Food+and+Agriculture+Report.pdf

RethinkX - Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030, The Second Domestication of Plants and animals, the Disruption of the Cow, and the Collapse of Industrial Livestock Farming. Quote, "By 2030, the US dairy and cattle industry will have collapsed,’ as microbial protein factories take over" This report predicts the collapse of animal agriculture by 2030. Our project will use data, and follow the science to insure we make the BEST choices.

VitalSigns-Abbotsford-2019.pdf

2019 Abbotsford Vital Signs report, for a deep look at this City, my home, and the location for the Symbiosis Centre.

UN FAO Water Pollution from Agriculture Executive Summary.pdf

Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome, 2017 and the International Water Management Institute on behalf of the Water Land and Ecosystems research program Colombo, 2017

Modeling greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms Symposium review.pdf

Emissions = Waste, which we seek to stop. In this, USDA agricultural engineer Clarence Rotz addresses emissions of ammonia, nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide during storage of dairy cow manure as affected by dietary forage-to-concentrate ratio and crust formation.

WBA-globalreport-56ppa4_digital-Sept-2019 (1).pdf

World Biogas Association, 2019 Global Potential of Biogas full report

nutrient-recovery-reuse-canada.pdf

The 2018The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Report - Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in Canada: Foundations for a national framework

Resource Supply Potential for RNG in BC (Public Version).pdf

The 2017 British Columbia Government report on the biogas potential in this Province.

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Hi Christopher
Please could I connect with you?

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Jaco Oosthuizen , I am happy to connect. I had a look at your submission, and see a bunch of things I like. Our Symbiosis Centre model is designed to serve anywhere in the world, because it is a chassis of sorts. Power the World Feed the People and Heal the Planet... that's our deal. Different locations will have different economic engines, and different drivers, but when efficiency is the focus (Outcome Driven Innovation) the program always wins! Let me know how I might serve.

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Chris' vision is fantastic and a necessity for our future as a community. Here at FREDsense Technologies, we are using synthetic biology to innovate on sensors, understanding our feedstocks and waste streams better than ever before. We need new sensors that provide real-time insight to make this vision a reality. A biorefining process that is modular and effective must be able to utilize various data streams to make daily decisions and drive process improvement. FREDsense uses biology to answer these questions - using bioengineered organisms to act as the sensor. Organisms measure the types of compounds found in a water stream and produce electrochemical signals that can provide real-time data to the effectiveness of processes.

Like Chris, we see the future in using biologically sustainable technology to affect major change in communities by utilizing the diversity of solutions that have evolved over generations. Biology has already developed many chemical sensors, treatment opportunities and solutions to big problems and synthetic biology groups are now in a place where we can harness these systems to impact our communities in bold ways.

FREDsense believes that safe drinking water, process waters, and wastewater need accessible and easy to use sensors to make our visions become a reality and look forward to supporting this project as it continues to move forward.

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David, when we met as finalists in the 2016 Singularity University Global Grand Challenge Awards I knew we would work together one day. It has been a pleasure watching your advances, and we are fortunate to have you join us in this transformational effort.

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I have been involved as an advisor to this group in some way as far back as 2006 while I was part of the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture Innovations Branch. Anaerobic digestion is anything but new, but Christopher Bush  brought a fresh set of eyes, and I would say, a high level of naivety where agriculture is concerned to the opportunity. This allowed him to do things that everyone else seemed to be convinced were impossible. He has been interesting to watch over the last 14 years, and I take my hat off to his tenacity. We often think differently about situations, events and scenarios, and while I often don't think he listens to me, he capably receives my information.
We at Hallbar Consulting see what is proposed in the Symbiosis Centre as an opportunity for Canada to receive the powerful developments made in countries like Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands for sustainable agriculture, testing/developing them for the Canadian Market. The Bakerview EcoDairy, where the Centre will launch from, is also an established leader, and an ideal platform to stand on. We wish the best of success to the Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society team.

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Mathew Dickson you have been tremendously important to this industry, and this Province. I appreciate the balance you bring to my moonshot mindset. As you say, we don't always agree, but that does not diminish the great respect I have for your judgement. In a partnership where both people always agree, one of them is not necessary. You help me see angles and implications of plans I have. I have no reservations whatsoever recommending you to anyone that wants a comprehensive look at anything to do with agricultural energy and/or waste management.

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Hi Chris, Thanks for bringing our ECO-TEK Team and myself into this great undertaking. After 47 years of designing and constructing green buildings and technologies, I really feel that the desire within the humans on the planet is to boldly go after and support regenerative ideas that model Nature's millions of years of evolution. As you know, we feel the most joy when we have the freedom to be creative in service of all life. So, let's go evolve something!

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Kimron, I feel fortunate you are willing to join us. To heal the planet, we need to respect it, and natural systems, such as you design, have a huge part to play. We are using the best of technology to gain understanding of the complex interactions; the Symbiosis of flora and fauna. Abundance is our future!

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Chris good job over there, I am a graduate with Bsc agriculture,crop science,I would be happy to rehabilitate the world together with you and actually learn more form you.This is what the world requires .I would be happy to join the team

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Thanks for reaching out Francis! We presented on food systems for Africa and the Middle East at the 2014 GFIA Conference. That was based on the system component for land based fish farms with duckweed specifically. Our solutions will be applicable anywhere on Earth, and we do seek collaborators around the world. I will reach out through LinkedIn to continue the discussion.

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Chris and team your passion and tenacity always amaze, never change.

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Mike, this is a team effort! Like I say all the time, I am an engine, not a guidance system. As the Centre becomes a reality, we will need the abundant talent of members such as you to help everyone get the full value from these resources. I HATE waste, and time is the most tragic resource to burn. You help people/organizations make less mistakes. That can be all the difference for an idea to see the light of day.

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Incredible work! We are so excited about this project and inspired by your passion.

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Thank you Bethany Deshpande I have been a HUGE fan of your work since we met many years ago. I said what I bet many do when they first hear your story... "I had no idea!" Being able to collect milk data while it is still in the lines, and being able to decide where it goes is BRILLIANT! Another tiny thing, with massive impact potential. I am eager to have your system on all of our partner farms.

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Excellent work Chris. This is exactly the type of innovation that we need in Canada!

Looking forward to helping you achieve your tremendous goals.

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I appreciate your kind words Jae, but I appreciate the important work you are doing with low carbon zeolitic concrete at Progressive Planet Solutions more.
http://progressiveplanet.ca/
A key element, non negotiable of the Symbiosis Centre is that we will count everything! #TrueCostAccounting applies to all aspects, and the carbon intensity of concrete is not often thought of... We do!

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Brilliant stuff! Outstandingly comprehensive solution out of BC, Canada, the cleantech hub. More than happy to collaborate on the several projects in your solution!

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Ibrahim El-chami have a look at the submission from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, "A Bioregional Food System for Southwest British Columbia", submitted by Naomi Robert I think the work being done by the Institute for Sustainable Food System is ideal for you, and they also have the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture that Deborah Henderson runs. Fantastic opportunity to link multiple efforts in this region.

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We at Point 3 Biotech recognize the shift the world is making as it grows to understand the physical realities of the planet we live on. Synthetic biology lets us move into the absolute base of processes that nature has used to roll up into the current food systems evolution. Microbes, be they bacteria, fungi or algae, are the base of all life. With current and emerging tools we will be able to reassemble the building blocks the Symbiosis Centre harvests from the back end of food systems. Most SynBio done today uses some form or terrestrially sourced sugars. That still ties the advances to the legacy field crop barriers. In this group we will deliver the ultimate sustainable supply chain by using the gases that come off as volatiles, recombining them with the nutrients and elements that were isolated in the process.
Many will miss the elegance of what is proposed here. It meets the world where they are now. It will use True Cost Accounting to clearly show complete techno economic environmental scores of what is done now. When we use informatics, and include health, ALL stakeholders can help humanity navigate to abundance. This program has a 20 year event horizon, and is completely designed to follow a path of highest and best use, in perpetual competition, until we reach the goals. I love how they say it Power the World, Feed the People, Heal the Planet.

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James Irwin much of this vision has been made possible through your efforts/participation. We are really good at taking things apart, but a system requires the solutions to put them back together. Your synthetic biology side seems to be a LONG way away from manure, but with the magic (Clarke's Third Law) technology, we get to make that loop tight!! I look forward to the road ahead with you. I look forward to seeing you, Jeffrey Seitz, Steven Hallam, Fred Leung and Azadeh Kermanshahi-pour  working on our mission. Abundance is our future!!

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We use the Trident system and we are very happy with it. It has helped in our sustainability efforts significantly.

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Mike McCloskey We hold your organization up as a beacon for doing things right. You were a first mover in America with biogas to pipeline/transportation and nutrient recovery, really, before most in the industry cared. This continent owes you our thanks! We would love to build our first Symbiosis Centre in America with you. Carbon negative dairy, poultry and hogs! As we advance on the feed production program, those numbers get better and better. We dream of the day where a thousand animal units can operate on 10 acres, self contained, with no environmental losses! We can... I believe SOON! #Ag4theSDGs

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Hi Christopher Bush  Welcome to the Prize Community!
It is interesting to see a future Vision being built on creating clean energy from animal waste produced by Livestock.
Did you get a chance to see how animal waste is connected to the 6 themes of the challenge?
How might you evolve your Vision to make it more inclusive and systemic for your local food system and its numerous stakeholders? You can find some guiding principles on Systems Thinking and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 3 under Tools of Transformation. Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit: http://bit.ly/2X4ZxQk

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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Thanks for the review, and for sharing your thoughts. I will go through and see how I can do a better job of communicating the inclusvity and systematic connections. We are meetings world where it is, by filling a pronounced gap, and with a 20 year event horizon, will follow the science/data to full context abundance. If possible, I would be happy to share the ppt we are using with the Municiple and Provincial governments. That will make it clearer.

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Hey Christopher thanks for writing in. I'd recommend you add the insights and learnings of the presentation you are using with Municipalities as a part of the application questions itself. You can add it to the "Full Vision" question.

You can also attach the ppt under the "Add attachments" button. We can't ensure the Evaluation team will look at it, but if you feel the presentation is important you can upload it.

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Thanks Itika, I did a really extensive rewrite to capture more of the fullness of the system. We use Outcome Driven Innovation that has a series of jobs to be done. I have a tendency to focus on the steps sometimes while executing them, and I am deeply engaged in this peice. I needed your prompting to flesh out the next pieces. I appreciate your help!