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Hydroponics Company Offers Help to Rural Community


Release Date: September 22, 2006. Not Embargoed
Subject: Hydroponics Company Offers Help to Rural Community
From: Advanced Nutrients, located in Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada

Contact Information: Company Co-Founder Robert C. Higgins

Phone: 604 854 6793. Email:

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What if you lived in a small village in Central America, South America or Asia, and someone offered to donate thousands of dollars to improve your quality of life?

The Advanced Nutrients hydroponics plant food company is conducting a worldwide search for a small rural community that wants exactly that type of free assistance.

According to Michael Straumietis, who founded the acclaimed Canadian-based hydroponics plant nutrients company along with co-founders Gino Yordanov and Robert Higgins, the company has already asked numerous international aid organizations to help facilitate the donation.

“We want to bring solar power, water filtration, and biodynamic farming to a village,” Straumietis says. “We have fertilizers and other products that are ideal for people who use traditional farming methods. We contacted organizations that claim to help indigenous people, but all we got was the runaround.”

Straumietis said that his company’s offer is a “straightforward” attempt to help people generate solar power, establish a water purification system, and engage in progressive farming endeavors.

He says he was surprised at the practices and attitudes expressed by aid organizations.

“What I figured out is that helping people has become a business for some organizations,” he explains. “Organizations that present themselves as caring only about helping people are actually making money by acting as a broker between needy people and those who want to give assistance. The aid organizations actually view villages as a commodity to be hoarded and marketed to those who want to donate to the villages. That’s why we are making this public appeal. We want to talk directly with the villagers themselves.”

Advanced Nutrients is a pioneer in the hydroponics plant growth industry and is now branching out into the general agriculture and human nutrition industries.

Straumietis says that he, Yordanov and Higgins are interested in seeing how the company’s innovative approach to crop nutrition and sustainable farming will work in Third World settings.

“Our products utilize the best synthetic, natural and organic substances to help crops grow better and to protect crops from predators and diseases,” Straumietis says. “We don’t use toxins, poisons or inferior chemicals in our products. People who grow vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs with our products consume their harvest knowing that there are no harmful substances in our products. That’s one principal we want to bring to whoever we help.”

The company wants to find out if the recipient community can benefit from solar power and water purification equipment. Straumietis says his company has not set a limit on the amount of money, equipment or educational services that could be part of its donor project, but that he and his business partners are committed to “creating substantial improvement in these people’s lives so they can grow better crops, more crops and have a higher quality of life.”

Straumietis asks individuals or organizations who know of a small, needy, land-based community outside North America to contact company president Robert C. Higgins at 804 854 6793 or via email at

“We need to know the exact location of the community, the number of people there, what kinds of agricultural practices and geography it has, how the community would benefit from our help, and who we can immediately, directly contact so we can begin dialogue with community members themselves,” Straumietis says.

If aid organizations contact the company, Straumietis asks that they be genuinely dedicated to the welfare of the people the company wants to help.

“We spoke to aid organizations that wanted a huge amount of our assistance for themselves rather than the villagers,” he recalls. “They had a mercenary approach to the process. We understand that a legitimate aid organization has overhead, but we feel that when we want to help people, that any ethical aid organization will focus on getting the help to the people as soon as possible. Our company has long engaged in charitable practices in Canada and the United States, and now we’re looking internationally.”



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