AgraFlora’s 2.2 Million Square Foot Delta Greenhouse Moves Toward Licensing - Yahoo FinanceMonday, April 6, 2020
Propagation Services Canada, a large-scale commercial greenhouse in Delta, BC focused on reshaping the Canadian flower market with high-potency, low cost cannabis flower, and AAA Heidelberg, a craft focused cannabis producer in London, ON. In addition, AgraFlora’s wholly owned subsidiary Farmako GmbH is scaling towards its goal of being Europe’s leading distributor of medical cannabis. Farmako currently has active distribution operations in Germany and expects to commence active operations in the United Kingdom in 2020. For more information please visit: https://agraflora.com/.ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman & CEOT: (604) 398-3147&nbs...https://finance.yahoo.com/news/agraflora-2-2-million-square-210010496.html
AgraFlora Organics intends to be a top cannabis player in Canada and Europe - Proactive Investors USA & CanadaSunday, January 26, 2020
These are the areas where AgraFlora intends to be a top-tier player in 2020,” the company says.
AgraFlora, based in Vancouver, owns an 8,000-square-foot indoor cultivation (AAA Heidelberg) facility in London, Ontario that grows premium cannabis.
The company is in a joint venture with Propagation Services Canada Inc, which operates a 2.2 million-square-foot greenhouse complex in Delta, British Columbia. The company has an industrial hemp license but is seeking to upgrade to a cultivation license.
AgraFlora also owns a 51,500-square foot edibles-manufacturing facility and research lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba that is GMP-certified. The facility is currently being retrofitted. It also has a licensed cannabis campus in New Brunswick to formulate and synthesize its infused topicals products.
As for its products, the company has seven brands that reflect the wide diversity of uses among consumers: Canutra Naturals (skincare), Edibles and Infusions (gummies), Howlbrands (CBD sports performance), Whole Hemp Health (lotions and oils), Eurasia Infused Cosmetics (CBD), True Focus (THC spray bottle), Potluck (cannabinoid-infused carbonated beverages) and Sports Cap (dispensing-cap technology).
How is the company doing:
2019 was a transformative year for AgraFlora as it laid the groundwork to become a top player among the heavyweights like Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSE:ACB) (NYSE:ACB) and Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC).
Throughout the year, by way of direct capital disbursement and/or acquisition, the company deployed over $125 million in associated plant property and equipment expenditures.
In November it closed on a $28.7 million non-brokered private placement --...https://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/911291/agraflora-organics-intends-to-be-a-top-cannabis-player-in-canada-and-europe-911291.html
The Most Beautiful Cities in Germany - World AtlasSunday, January 26, 2020
Old Munich that was the birthplace of several revolutions and historical events. Other places that make the city beautiful are the old city halls, tall churches, and a century-old market.
Heidelberg is a university town located on River Neckar in southwest Germany. It has a population of approximately 160,000 residents, of which close to 25% are students. Heidelberg has been an important city in Europe, playing an important role during the Reformation era. The city has a number of attractions including Heidelberg University which is the oldest university in Germany. The castle and Baroque City Center are also some of the city’s aspects that make it attractive. The famous Old Bridge is also one of Heidelberg’s landmarks. The best time to visit the city is in winter, especially for tourists who are looking to visit the Christmas Market.
Marburg, like Heidelberg, is a university with the University of Marburg dominating the city’s life. The city developed as a crossroad of two early medieval highways that linking Prague and Cologne and Alps to the North Sea. Marburg is a great choice for a day trip and weekend getaway as the city has a lot to offer including a romantic city center, idyllic river views, and countless entertainment joints. Some of the places that make Marburg a beautiful city include the Marburg Castle, Lahn River, the Old Town, and the half-timbered houses.
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AgraFlora Organics Provides Q3 2019 - Q4 2020 Guidance for ACMPR Licensed AAA Heidelberg Facility - Yahoo FinanceTuesday, August 20, 2019
PU31.F) (OTCPK: PUFXF), a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, is pleased to provide the following Q3 2019 – Q4 2020 operating guidance pertaining to its wholly owned AAA Heidelberg Facility (AAA Heidelberg) including:" data-reactid="11" VANCOUVER , June 14, 2019 /CNW/ - AgraFlora Organics International Inc. ("AgraFlora" or the "Company") (CSE: AGRA) (PU31.F) (OTCPK: PUFXF), a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, is pleased to provide the following Q3 2019 – Q4 2020 operating guidance pertaining to its wholly owned AAA Heidelberg Facility ("AAA Heidelberg") including:Application and anticipated receipt of a Health Canada awarded Sales License; Application and anticipated receipt of a Health Canada awarded Processing License; Application and anticipated receipt of a Health Canada issued Export permit; Proposed on-site dispensary as per Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario ("AGCO") regulations; Importation of a catalogue of premium craft cannabis genetics; Fully optimized production capabilities of circa 1,000,000 grams of ultra-premium dried craft cannabis flower, with potential production expansion based off surplus cultivation areas contemplated; Successful recapture of 225,000 grams of premium cannabis tr...https://finance.yahoo.com/news/agraflora-organics-provides-q3-2019-070500191.html
The Pesticide Industry's Playbook for Poisoning the Earth - The InterceptSunday, January 26, 2020
The study produced results that echoed what the Americans had found.
Drifting clouds of neonicotinoid dust from planting operations caused a series of massive bee die-offs in northern Italy and the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany. Studies have shown neonicotinoids impaired bees’ ability to navigate and forage for food, weakened bee colonies, and made them prone to infestation by parasitic mites.
In 2013, the European Union called for a temporary suspension of the most commonly used neonicotinoid-based products on flowering plants, citing the danger posed to bees — an effort that resulted in a permanent ban in 2018.
In the U.S., however, industry dug in, seeking not only to discredit the research but to cast pesticide companies as a solution to the problem. Lobbying documents and emails, many of which were obtained through open records requests, show a sophisticated effort over the last decade by the pesticide industry to obstruct any effort to restrict the use of neonicotinoids. Bayer and Syngenta, the largest manufacturers of neonics, and Monsanto, one of the leading producers of seeds pretreated with neonics, cultivated ties with prominent academics, including vanEngelsdorp, and other scientists who had once called for a greater focus on the threat posed by pesticides.
Syngenta AG’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, on Feb. 4, 2015.
Photo: Philipp Schmidli/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe companies also sought influence with beekeepers and regulators, and went to great lengths to shape public opinion. Pesticide firms launched new coalitions and seeded foundations with cash to focus on nonpesticide factors in pollinator decline.
“Position the industry as an active promoter of bee health, and advance best management practices which emphasize bee safety,” noted an internal planning memo from CropLife America, the lobby group for the largest pesticide companies in America, including Bayer and Syngenta. The ultimate goal of the bee health project, the document noted, was to ensure that member companies maintained market access for neonic products and other systemic pesticides.The planning memo, helmed in part by Syngenta regulatory official John Abbott, charts a variety of strategies for advancing the pesticide industry’s interests, such as, “Challenge EPA on the size and breadth of the pollinator testing program.” CropLife America officials were also tapped to “proactively shape the conversation in the new media realm with respect to pollinators” and “minimize negative association of crop protection products with effects on pollinators.” The document, dated June 2014, calls for “outreach to university researchers who could be independent validators.”
The pesticide companies have used a variety of strategies to shift the public discourse.
“America’s Heartland,” a PBS series shown on affiliates throughout the country and underwritten by CropLife America, portrayed the pollinator declines as a mystery. Onea href="https:/...https://theintercept.com/2020/01/18/bees-insecticides-pesticides-neonicotinoids-bayer-monsanto-syngenta/
Germany's second-highest traffic bridge opens - DW (English)Sunday, January 26, 2020
Mosel River in western Germany. Within Germany, the new bridge in the Rhineland-Palatinate is second only to the 185-meter-high Kochertal bridge in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg. Read more: World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Germany's Harz region Authorities expect about 25,000 vehicles a day to cross the bridge that now provides a direct link between the regions of Eifel and Hunsrück. Several hundred people gathered for the bridge's opening on Thursday. Over the weekend, thousands of pedestrians crossed the bridge by foot as part of the opening festivities. "Today is a good day for the Rhineland-Palatinate," said State Premier Malu Dreyer. She added that she was convinced "that the bridge will help advance our economically strong state even further and will strengthen ties between the people in Eifel and Hunsrück." Europe's largest construction project The controversial building project kicked off eight years ago. Some critics argued that the massive bridge would destroy the area's idyllic vineyard landscape, while environmentalists argued it would pollute the ground water. Others spoke out against the cost. The building of the bridge was part of a greater road project that included the construction of an additional 25 kilometers (16 miles) of federal highway. The total project is estimated to havecost €483 million ($535 million), with €175 million dedicated to the bridge alone. Read more: Everything you need to know about the German ...https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-second-highest-traffic-bridge-opens/a-51355455
The perfect destination foHere is why Germany is the perfect destination for your next holidayr your holiday! Discover nature in Germany - Emirates WomanSunday, January 26, 2020
Black Forest National Park, Baden-Württemberg, South GermanyPerfect for cleansing your lungs. The remarkable feature of this national park is that some areas have been able to develop for more than 100 years without human intervention. This means that all the animals and plants that are found here live in authentic, natural surroundings.You can use Deutsche Bahn trains all over Germany, where it uses 100% green energy. In addition, you can take the InterCity Express for a unique experience, as it is a high-speed train that connects all major cities in Germany with speeds of up to 300 km / hour, and this is one of the fastest ways to reach between Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne!Check out their Instagram: GermanyTourismAr, and Facebook: Germany Tourism Arabia– For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook Media: Supplied...https://emirateswoman.com/germany/
'Flower Power': Photovoltaic cells replicate rose petals: Scientists increase the efficiency of solar cells by replicating the structure of petals - Science DailyTuesday, August 20, 2019
Scientists at the KIT and the ZSW (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg) now suggest in their article published in the Advanced Optical Materials journal to replicate the outermost tissue of the petals of higher plants, the so-called epidermis, in a transparent layer and integrate that layer into the front of solar cells in order to increase their efficiency.
First, the researchers at the Light Technology Institute (LTI), the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), the Institute of Applied Physics (APH), and the Zoological Institute (ZOO) of KIT as well as their colleagues from the ZSW investigated the optical properties, and above all, the antireflection effect of the epidermal cells of different plant species. These properties are particularly pronounced in rose petals where they provide stronger color contrasts and thus increase the chance of pollination. As the scientists found out under the electron microscope, the epidermis of rose petals consists of a disorganized arrangement of densely packed microstructures, with additional ribs formed by randomly positioned nanostructures.
In order to exactly replicate the structure of these epidermal cells over a larger area, the scientists transferred it to a mold made of polydimethylsiloxane, a silicon-based polymer, pressed the resulting negative structure into optical glue which was finally left to cure under UV light. "This easy and cost-effective method creates microstructures of a depth and density that are hardly achievable with artificial techniques," says Dr. Guillaume Gomard, Group Leader "Nanopothonics" at KIT's LTI.
The scientists then integrated the transparent replica of the rose petal epidermis into an organic solar cell. This resulted in power conversion efficiency gains of twelve percent for vertically incident light. At very shallow incidence angles, the efficiency gain was even higher. The scientists attribute this gain primarily to the excellent omnidirectional antireflection properties of the re...https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160624110028.htm