SINGAPORE (Nov 12): On an empty plot of land within the compound of National Junior College, Ricky Lin is preparing to build greenhouses to plant chickpeas. The task is far from easy – chickpeas, commonly used as an alternative to meat, thrive in a warm and dry climate, not the hot and humid tropics. But Lin, who founded the meat alternative start-up Life3 Biotech, is confident of making the crop work here, using a combination of sensors and data to control the growing conditions.

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