CopyRight 2019 MIG
HOW MIG IS BORN
Il MIG nasce dalla necessità dell’amministrazione della difesa italiana di soddisfare il fabbisogno di verdure per il personale militare dispiegato in aree isolate e colpite dalla siccità.
Il gruppo industriale G&A Engineering e ACTA INVICTA con il supporto di ENEA (Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile) – Divisione Biotecnologie e Agroindustria e dell’Università di Roma “ La Sapienza ” – Facoltà di Ingegneria – Dip. di Astronautical Electrical and Energetic Engineering – DIAEE, ha presentato un progetto all’interno del Piano Nazionale di Ricerca Militare volto a creare, all’interno di un “rifugio” standard, le condizioni ottimali per la coltivazione e produzione automatizzata di ortaggi.
Il progetto è stato approvato dall’Amministrazione Difesa ( Generale Massimo Scala, Direttore di “Geniodife”) e le attività di progettazione, prototipazione e sperimentazione cofinanziate dall’Amministrazione Difesa (50%) e dai proponenti (50%).
A seguito delle attività di industrializzazione, il sistema è pronto per la commercializzazione.
The diet for military personnel on mission must ensure a sufficient nutritional intake to cover energy needs, both to satisfy the physiological-metabolic aspect in normal and operative activities, and for the psychological-behavioral aspect, which is crucial in order to preserve an excellent level of psycho-physical well-being, suitable for facing the most varied situations.
Unfavorable environmental conditions, the intense and stressful physical activity to which military personnel are subjected, lack of sleep, psychological stress, and the lack or reduced availability of food can lead to severe alterations in the immune response and thus increase the risk of developing infections. Instead, supplying the military with adequate nutrients, it could reduce the risk of suppressing immune responses.
The phytochemicals present in vitamin supplements and pills do not show the same efficacy they have when they find themselves acting synergistically in plant foods.
During missions of medium / long duration in hostile and disadvantaged environments there is the difficulty in having “fresh” vegetables with a high nutraceutical content.
The «MIG Container Farm» is a “Vertical Farm” ( centers of self-production of food, which aim to recreate the environmental situations suitable for the growth of various types of plants and vegetables within any type of building or greenhouses by exploiting the space in height: within each floor of a Vertical Farm there are hydroponic cultivations ) based on a standard shelter equipped, closed, sterile, easily transportable, modular and completely automated, able to manage all the phases of cultivation from sowing to harvest, which allows the cultivation of micro and baby vegetables without the use of agronomist personnel.
With MIG you control and manage the growth environment in a precise and punctual manner, meeting the real needs of the vegetables so as to obtain a continuous, safe and high nutraceutical quality food production, trying to maintain the necessary economic, social and environmental convenience.
The average daily yield of one «MIG Container » relative to Micro vegetables, (considering that the average harvest time is 11.4 days and that the average yield is 23.7 kg), is 2.08 kg able to supply 42 people with a portion of 50 grams.
Baby vegetables, such as lettuce (considering that the average harvest time is 27.5 days and the average yield is 33 kg), could give average daily yield of 1.2 kg in one «MIG Container », able to provide a portion of 50 grams to 24 people.