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Inditex Takes Stake in Sustainable Agriculture Start-Up Galy

Inditex CEO Garcia Maceiras has announced that the group has acquired a stake in Galy, a US-based start-up founded in 2019 that is pioneering a lab-based cotton production process using plant cells. This innovative method aims to make cotton cultivation more sustainable by producing it in controlled environments, reducing the environmental impact associated with traditional farming.

Agricultural startups like Galy are at the forefront of efforts to make crop production more sustainable. Some notable agriculture startups to watch in 2024 include:

  • AeroFarms: Specializes in vertical farming technology that uses 95% less water and no chemical pesticides to produce sustainable crops year-round.
  • CarbonMaps: Provides environmental accounting for the food industry, helping to create sustainable business models using data science.
  • Apollo Agriculture: Offers advisory services and financial products to small-scale farmers in Kenya, enhancing crop yields through machine learning and remote sensing technologies.
  • RhizeBio: Utilizes bioinformatics to analyze soil microbiomes, aiding farmers in transitioning to regenerative agriculture by delivering detailed soil health reports.

These companies leverage technology to boost agricultural sustainability and efficiency, making them attractive investment opportunities for brands aiming to enhance their environmental footprint. Inditex’s investment in Galy aligns with its goal to source 40 percent of its fibers from recycling and 25 percent from next-generation materials by 2030.

Galy’s mission is described as “saving the planet by transitioning the world to cellular agriculture.” Their cotton production involves harvesting cells from a cotton plant, which are then grown in a bioreactor or fermentation vessel. The final product is dried and harvested, offering a sustainable alternative to conventional cotton farming.

By investing in Galy, Inditex is positioning itself at the forefront of sustainable fashion, supporting innovative technologies that could revolutionize the textile industry and significantly reduce its environmental impact.

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