Plantagon International AB is a Swedish company founded by Hans Hassle and the native American indigenous people Onondaga Nation on January 29, 2008. Onondaga Nation owns 85% of the company and SWECORP Citizenship Stockholm owns 15%. Oren R. Lyons is chairman of the board and Hans Hassle is CEO. The company is developing technologies for greenhouse cultivation in large urban areas, so-called vertical farming or Urban agriculture
The Plantagon Greenhouse was elected into the Globe Forum Sustainable Innovators 100 list in February 2009. In June 2009, Plantagon was appointed the winner of the international innovator's contest "Innovation Idol" among participants from 36 countries. The Plantagon Greenhouse is one of 50 Swedish inventions that is being displayed in "The spirit of innovation room" at the Swedish pavilion at World Expo in Shanghai 2010.
Plantagon International AB is structured as a "Companization" which is one non-profit and one for-profit organization combined under a model developed by Hans Hassle. The company's ownership, control, and statutes have been adapted to a social role where the company takes a broad responsibility for the common beyond that which is mandatory under law.
This model has gained some notable attention, e.g. when Hans Hassle in his office as CEO of Plantagon was awarded "CEO of the Year, Sweden 2012 by the organization European CEO.
We, as Ongwehowe, 'the Real People', share a spiritual relationship with the natural world embedded in a respect for all aspects of life. We are interrelated and are given the duty of protecting, preserving, conserving, and restoring our environment. We refer to the earth as our Mother and hope that all human beings respect and walk softly while they are visitors here.
The desecration of Mother Earth by hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, has become a great concern among the Haudenosaunee. The-devastation to all that we give thanks for in our Thanksgiving address - the earth, the air, the water, the animals, plants and the people, all that encompass Mother Earth, are threatened. Our duty to support, protect, and sustain the gifts of Creation becomes a greater challenge, yet we fight for the benefit of our future generations- our children, our grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and those not yet born among us.