Valcent Products Inc.
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Valcent Products Inc.

May 20, 2009 10:00 ET

Valcent (EU) Features VertiCrop System at the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - Valcent Products (EU) Ltd. (OTCBB:VCTPF) is also an official sponsor of the ninth International Conference on environmental Enrichment (ICEE9) being hosted by Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (www.paigntonzoo.org.uk), in the South West of England, between May 31st and June 5th 2009.

The aim of ICEE9 is to bring together a wide range of professionals who have an interest in the welfare of animals in captive environments. ICEE9 will attract scientists, researchers, animal keepers, vets and other experts from all over the world.

Valcent Products (EU) Ltd. has teamed up with the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in making high-tech horticultural history by installing VertiCrop, the first of a new generation of innovative plant growing systems at the zoo and botanical garden facility which will be the first of its kind in a zoo or botanic garden anywhere in the world.

Chris Bradford, Managing Director of Valcent, explained: "VertiCrop is the latest in plant growing technology, meeting the needs of the human demand while reducing the use of traditional farmlands. This technology could usher in a new era of urban horticulture. The collaboration with the Paignton Zoo and the VertiCrop installation represent a major milestone for Valcent with the first full commercial version of VertiCrop being operated in a highly visible and accessible location. Valcent has made arrangements for many potential customers to tour the VertiCrop system in operation."

VertiCrop is a commercial high-density vertical growing system which increases production up to 20 times over conventional field crops but requires as little as 5% of the normal water supply. It is a non-genetically modified solution to food problems, using trays on a looped dynamic conveyor belt and automatic feeding stations to grow plants efficiently.

To begin with, the Zoo will grow a whole range of herbs such as parsley and oregano, as well as leaf vegetables like lettuce and spinach, plus a range of fruits such as cherry tomato and strawberry. Reptiles, birds and most of the mammal collection - including primates and big cats - will benefit from the production of year-round fresh food. Installing VertiCrop at Paignton Zoo means we can grow more plants in less room using less water and less energy. It will reduce transportation costs and the annual cost for animal feed, which is currently in excess of Pounds Sterling 200,000 a year. The VertiCrop system will also reduce the Zoo's carbon footprint.

About Valcent Products, Inc:

Valcent Products Inc. (OTCBB:VCTPF) (CUSIP: 918881103) A pioneer and leader in ecotechnology with its core research and development in sustainable, renewable, and intense growth of agricultural products know as "VertiCrop" as well as a research program for a self contained algae growing system which may produce biofuel feedstock, known as Vertical Algae Technology Inc. (VAT). For more information visit: www.valcent.net and www.valcent.eu and visit and contribute to http://blog.valcent.net.

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