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Smarter Technology In Agriculture Will Feed The Planet

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Starvation and malnutrition affect approximately 821 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization's data. Every year, 1.6 trillion tons of food are wasted or thrown away. Food loss costs $1.2 trillion a year. One-third of global food production is thrown away.

The technological revolution in agriculture leads to higher yields and less waste

Why is so much food wasted? Poor or outdated production techniques are the leading causes. Already 500 million tons of food are wasted per year or lost in the production stage. The increasing climate change does not help either, nor does the growing world population. This could eventually lead to a food crisis, and it is crucial to act upon this. New agricultural techniques offer a solution, as this is the road to a better future. A future in which farmers can both improve their yields, increase their drive and reduce waste. Artificial intelligence, data analysis and even drones are among the solutions that will shape the future of agriculture. This will be smarter, more efficient and better for the planet.

Precision agriculture

Agriculture is often associated with a rural way of life, but the vision on this topic seems to be shifting. Companies such as Google help farmers improve their yields and optimise production through artificial intelligence. A new type of agriculture is on the rise. Precise agriculture emerged in the 1990s, but now precision agriculture wants to use ultramodern technologies to make the production of crops more accurate and to control it. By using GIS (Geographic Information System), farmers can, for example, view their crops through heat maps, in which red indicates dead fields and green indicates healthy ones. Green fields require more fertilisation and insecticides, and on red areas, farmers do not have to waste their products any more.

Since the 1990s, precision agriculture has grown exponentially. Hundreds of precision farms have developed and use drones and other robots. Farmers now have insight into where each seed is planted. This allows them to fertilise their crops with almost perfect accuracy, which was not possible when precision farming was just born. The future of agriculture lies in real-time responses, as more and more agriculture tech companies compete to provide all-in-one platforms with insights and prescriptions on the go.

By using smart technologies, such as loT sensors (which measure light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc.), agriculture will be able to overcome some of its most urgent challenges. For example, they can meet the needs of the world's population to cope with a changing climate, all while reducing destructive food wastage.

Improved aerial imaging

As precision agriculture expands, the demand for drones will increase. It is no surprise that drones will play a significant role in making agriculture more efficient and cost-effective. Drones in agriculture can do so much, like the drone-based planting system. Thanks to their remarkable accuracy, planting costs can be reduced by 85 per cent, according to PwC. Using GPS, the drones can water plants with unparalleled precision, reducing pesticide use by as much as 30 per cent.

Satellite images were once seen as game-changing technology but faded with the qualities of a drone. Drones have a higher resolution than satellite images. Drones offer more results when we look at a sustainable future for agriculture.

New Business Models

The shift towards precision agriculture will bring necessary changes to supply chains. A new type of retailer focused on innovative technologies will emerge. A new kind of e-commerce focused on agriculture, will also change the way crops are grown, making it easier for farmers to buy much at once online. The shift to this digital era still brings some challenges. Trust will be key, as farmers strive to purchase products from suppliers with years of expertise in this sector. Traditional agricultural retailers can significantly benefit from entering this commercial market. With their deep-rooted knowledge and experience in this sector, they are unique to the digital transition of agriculture.

Although the demand for digital solutions is high and still rising, there are many steps to be taken before precision agriculture is widely used and can have its most significant impact. The steps depend on farmers, technology development and the retail chain. However, these challenges are pale compared to the severe consequences of not applying the technology, severe implications for the well-being of both agriculture and the planet. It may sound incongruous: farming and high-tech, but together they provide better yields, less waste and greater ecological sustainability.

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Excellent way of thinking to save food waste. One side we try to increase yield and improve production technologies and on other side we need to decrease food waste to feed growing population.
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Smarter Technology In Agriculture Will Feed The Planet

Starvation and malnutrition affect approximately 821 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization's data. Every year, 1.6 trillion tons of food are wasted or thrown away. Food loss costs $1.2 trillion a year. One-third of global food production is thrown away. The technological revolution in agriculture leads to higher yields and less waste Why is so much food wasted? Poor or outdated production techniques are the leading causes. Already 500 million tons of food are wasted per year or lost in the production stage. The increasing climate change does not help either, nor does the growing world population. This could eventually lead to a food crisis, and it is crucial to act upon this. New agricultural techniques offer a solution, as this is the road to a better future. A future in which farmers can both improve their yields, increase their drive and reduce waste. Artificial intelligence, data analysis and even drones are among the solutions that will shape the future of agriculture. This will be smarter, more efficient and better for the planet. Precision agriculture Agriculture is often associated with a rural way of life, but the vision on this topic seems to be shifting. Companies such as Google help farmers improve their yields and optimise production through artificial intelligence. A new type of agriculture is on the rise. Precise agriculture emerged in the 1990s, but now precision agriculture wants to use ultramodern technologies to make the production of crops more accurate and to control it. By using GIS (Geographic Information System), farmers can, for example, view their crops through heat maps, in which red indicates dead fields and green indicates healthy ones. Green fields require more fertilisation and insecticides, and on red areas, farmers do not have to waste their products any more. Since the 1990s, precision agriculture has grown exponentially. Hundreds of precision farms have developed and use drones and other robots. Farmers now have insight into where each seed is planted. This allows them to fertilise their crops with almost perfect accuracy, which was not possible when precision farming was just born. The future of agriculture lies in real-time responses, as more and more agriculture tech companies compete to provide all-in-one platforms with insights and prescriptions on the go. By using smart technologies, such as loT sensors (which measure light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc.), agriculture will be able to overcome some of its most urgent challenges. For example, they can meet the needs of the world's population to cope with a changing climate, all while reducing destructive food wastage. Improved aerial imaging As precision agriculture expands, the demand for drones will increase. It is no surprise that drones will play a significant role in making agriculture more efficient and cost-effective. Drones in agriculture can do so much, like the drone-based planting system. Thanks to their remarkable accuracy, planting costs can be reduced by 85 per cent, according to PwC. Using GPS, the drones can water plants with unparalleled precision, reducing pesticide use by as much as 30 per cent. Satellite images were once seen as game-changing technology but faded with the qualities of a drone. Drones have a higher resolution than satellite images . Drones offer more results when we look at a sustainable future for agriculture. New Business Models The shift towards precision agriculture will bring necessary changes to supply chains. A new type of retailer focused on innovative technologies will emerge. A new kind of e-commerce focused on agriculture, will also change the way crops are grown, making it easier for farmers to buy much at once online. The shift to this digital era still brings some challenges. Trust will be key, as farmers strive to purchase products from suppliers with years of expertise in this sector. Traditional agricultural retailers can significantly benefit from entering this commercial market. With their deep-rooted knowledge and experience in this sector, they are unique to the digital transition of agriculture. Although the demand for digital solutions is high and still rising, there are many steps to be taken before precision agriculture is widely used and can have its most significant impact. The steps depend on farmers, technology development and the retail chain. However, these challenges are pale compared to the severe consequences of not applying the technology, severe implications for the well-being of both agriculture and the planet. It may sound incongruous: farming and high-tech, but together they provide better yields, less waste and greater ecological sustainability. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/waste/general