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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Without food, nothing else matters

The Latest Agricultural Revolution

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Whitefish, MT / ACCESSWIRE / October 29, 2014 / In a world increasingly focused on high-tech, it's easy to forget that the single most foundational industry of all remains agriculture. Without food, nothing else matters. The fact that agriculture has always held this dominating position doesn't minimize the critical role that technology has long played in its development. It's been technology, both ancient and modern, that has allowed agriculture to feed a fast-growing population. Over 200 years ago, when English scholar Robert Malthus suggested that food production could never increase fast enough to support such growth, the immense potentials of advanced agricultural technology were completely unknown.

The relationship between agriculture and technology has, however, been volatile rather than smooth, with transformative ideas causing revolutions in how things are grown and distributed. The industrial revolution brought mechanization to the fields, allowing the energy of fuels to be applied to the cultivation of crops, resulting in greater yields from the same land and labor. More recently, the so-called green revolution, with its use of higher yield crops and improved fertilizers, has allowed struggling countries around the world to feed their own populations for the first time. Today, advances in genetics, electronic equipment, and even space technologies such as GPS have been successfully applied to enhance agricultural production.

Organic Becomes Big Business
But there has been a price to pay for increased crop yields, and populations are now looking for high quality and cost-effective production, while at the same time seeking to avoid the concerns associated with synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMO). Walk into any American supermarket and the expanding presence of displays promoting organic foods is clear. Such displays reflect market demand, and sales of organic foods in the U.S. alone have skyrocketed over the past 15 years, from only about a $1 billion to over $32 billion. And it's not just places like Whole Foods Market (WFM) or Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) that are leading the charge. Market giant Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has been rapidly growing its organic food footprint, to the point that organic food has now become one of Walmart's biggest sales categories. And right behind Walmart you have Costco (NASDAQ:COST), Kroger (NYSE:KR), Target (NYSE:TGT), and Safeway (SWY), rounding out the top organic retailers in North America. In addition, Walmart is now applying its aggressive pricing policies to organic food, putting pressure on what had previously been seen as a comfortable high-end market. The currently higher costs and lower yields associated with organic foods is driving the search for the next revolution in agriculture, a way to grow foods in volume, without all the chemicals, and with more economical yields.

The Affinor Difference
For Affinor Growers, Inc. (RSSFF) (CSE:AFI), a Canadian-based company that has been actively creating and developing radically new ways to grow high-quality in-demand crops such as lettuce, strawberries, and even medical marijuana, the timing couldn't be better. The company plans to become a major grower using an integrated system of automated vertical farming techniques and cloning technologies, while also producing revenue through the licensing and sales of these technologies. The cloning process is traditionally labor intensive, but Affinor is using automation and new technologies to overcome this. The company is now, for example, looking at technologies that will allow grape seedlings to produce grapes in just a year, versus 8 years, through safe metabolic manipulation instead of genetic manipulation.
It's a disruptive approach because it ensures quality controlled plant reproduction in a way unmatched by traditional seeding, together with a controlled environment that removes the need for all the chemicals the market is trying to escape. In addition, their vertical layering system greatly increases yield per land footprint, while minimizing the effects of weather and location. As such it is designed to promote job creation and food sustainability in previously remote and unproductive areas of the world, and even promises zero water waste. Affinor has already gotten contacts from diverse remote locations anxious to use the technology to improve their current food sources.
Watch an interview with Affinor Chairman Nick Brusatore discussing company developments. If the video below does not display properly, use this link: https://vimeo.com/108507633.
Things Happening Quickly
Things are starting to take off for Affinor, and the company has recently broken ground on a 45-acre food crop growing facility in Quebec, utilizing a highly controlled and automated environment of multiple growing layers to significantly increase yield per acre. The Quebec opportunity is about Affinor becoming fully commercialized. In the meantime, the company is now taking advantage of another rapidly developing opportunity on the other side of the continent, where the state of Washington has been especially proactive in the development of the medical marijuana (MMJ) and overall cannabis product industry. The critical need there is for better ways to control and monitor the production of cannabis plants, a major weakness in this explosive growth industry.
Currently, MMJ consumers face a huge number of unknowns. States like Washington are doing what they can to define and implement adequate protocols for the development and production of cannabis plants, and Affinor fits right in by offering critical and unmatched control technologies. Affinor recently announced a partnership with Herbal Analytics, a company with extensive herbal product industry experience, and the most efficient and innovative analytical platforms for accurate and rapid testing. In addition, Affinor also recently announced a 49% interest in Good To Grow LLC, a full-service agricultural supply source and authorized MMJ dispensary and grower. Affinor is now able to do pre-testing work, allowing it to fully recognize and deal with microbes on leaf tissue prior to plant flowering, minimizing and controlling microbe risks. Affinor plans on growing Herbal Analytics throughout the U.S. as an important brand in the field of analytics, and as a service company to help growers understand necessary technical considerations. All of this is geared toward helping to ensure the overall safety and confidence of consumers.
The goal of Affinor is to grow throughout the U.S., licensing and consulting with growers, selling equipment, and helping growers to meet government standards. In the case of cannabis, such growth will quickly follow as legalization takes hold in various states. The cannabis market is clearly already happening, but the fact that these rapidly developing technologies also support global food production represents an important diversification factor for Affinor, helping to mitigate any one-sided market risks.
The demand for more efficient and quality-controlled food production, without artificial chemicals or GMO, is spreading globally. The need is immediate in the cannabis industry, but represents an overdue revolution in all of agriculture. Affinor has groundbreaking technology for the safe maximization of growth potential, technology that they can license to growers of both food products and cannabis.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Dr. Bedrick is a dynamic leader"

First Publicly Traded Canadian Company Serving Washington State Marijuana Users; Affinor Growers' Completes Triple Play


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Montreal, QC / ACCESSWIRE / October 29, 2014 / Over the past few weeks Affinor Growers Inc. has made 3 major announcements, advancing its plan to mass produce high quality, in-demand produce and pharmacy grade plants for global distribution. The company is currently working toward becoming a grower of premier medical marijuana and will soon begin producing other major cash crops such as romaine lettuce and strawberries.

To that end, Affinor recently announced the acquisition of a 49% interest in Good to Grow LLC, a medical marijuana dispensary and grower located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. "We are now a partner in a producing marijuana facility," says company spokesperson, Nick Brusatore. "When we receive the 502 licence, which we expect to happen by January 2015, we will be able to mass produce weed for Washington State's recreational users. That's a market of more than 700,000 users including out of state visitors."

Initiative 502 legalizes marijuana use in Washington which opens the door to legal investment in a $1 billion plus industry. Washington is one of 2 US states that has legalized and now regulates and taxes recreational marijuana use. With the substantial tax revenues involved, additional jurisdictions could be expected to follow suit in the future.
Good to Grow is fully operational with a 5,000 square foot facility. Affinor's $600,000 investment will be used to scale it up to a state of the art production facility. The company has been generating cash flow supplying the medical marijuana market from a facility that is already I-502 compliant and with the granting of 502 status it will become a major revenue generator and local employer.

Part of Affinor's improvements to the Good to Grow facility will be the implementation of their automated vertical farming technology. "Vertical growing technology works beautifully for strawberries, lettuce, herbs and marijuana," says Brusatore. "It produces about 13 times more food per square foot than a traditional greenhouse while creating zero water waste." Affinor has acquired an exclusive licence for this patented technology. "I have a passion to grow marijuana," says Good to Grow owner Richard Montoure. "It is a craft that I have honed over many years. The partnership with Affinor makes it possible to do this on a much larger scale, using their cutting-edge expertise and technology."

Sebastien Plouffe, Affinor Growers President and CEO recently announced that Dr. Bruce Bedrick will join the company as a consultant. Dr. Bedrick is a Chiropractic Physician and business owner with more than 20 years of diverse and innovative experience, Dr Bedrick's focus will be the expansion of the licensing of the vertical farming system technology for the cultivation of produce in the US and Mexico.

The technology will first be showcased on a commercial scale in Affinor's strawberry facility under construction in Quebec. Construction should be completed by year end with production beginning early in 2015.

"Dr. Bedrick is a dynamic leader and achieves outstanding results in challenging environments," says Plouffe. "He has maintained and continues to build strong and loyal relationships with professionals and colleagues across multiple industry sectors. Bruce is definitely a huge addition for Affinor and I'm proud and honoured that he joins our team as an active member." The third announcement was made September 9th with the signing of an agreement with Herbal Analytics, a Washington State testing laboratory, to provide quality control for cannabis products. Through a cash and shares deal Affinor Growers has acquired a 49% interest in Herbal Analytics. Herbal Analytics brings a wide range of services to Affinor, providing them with critical data on which to base informed business decisions. They are an industry leader using the most efficient and innovative analytical platforms for accurate and rapid results. They have the staff, equipment and procedures required to comply with the scope of tests that Washington requires for I-502 quality control of cannabis and associated derivatives.

"This relationship is another demonstration of Affinor's commitment to become the ultimate grower and supplier of high quality cannabis products in Washington State and the expanding legalized states and countries. This is a profitable business and Affinor is thrilled to have 49% participation in the profit of Herbal Analytics," says Plouffe.
Affinor Growers is a diversified publicly traded company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (AFI), Frankfurt (1AF), and OTC (RSSFF). Learn more at www.affinorgrowers.com, 604-356-0411, or nbrusatore@gmail.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Affinor Growers Inc.
Nick Brusatore
Executive Chairman
(604) 356-0411
nbrusatore@gmail.com