How Technology is Helping Build Digital Farms of the Future
Have you ever wondered about that eureka moment when mankind realised that he could grow his own food and sustain life? For a large part of history, we were hunter-gatherers who led a nomadic lifestyle, moving from one place to another, eating whatever nature provided until that moment in time when someone decided to plant a seed.
It was around 12,000 years ago, following whatever spark of genius that could have inspired it that humanity witnessed the first instances of cultivation and food production.In the centuries that followed, change was slow and it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution from the 1760s that we began to look at food production more scientifically. The widespread mechanization that allowed crops to be cultivated with lesser number of workers, enabled better soil replenishment, and improved care for livestock is what eventually lead to the Green Revolution that began in the 1960s. In the decades since then, mankind has made enormous leaps of progress, and agriculture has kept pace. At least, we are getting there.
FOOD IN A SHRINKING WORLD
We have reached an interesting stage of our food story. As the world becomes smaller, thanks to lightning fast connectivity and more efficient modes of travel and communication, food is no longer limited to what is locally available. Gone are the days when au gratin potatoes and confit lamb were terms you heard floating around exclusively in Michelin-star restaurants or tucked between the glossy pages of food magazines. Food, today, is a form of expression. One that is not limited by language, race or geography.
But what makes the discussion even more pertinent is the fact that we are facing a food production crisis like never before. Technology is not just making the world smaller metaphorically, it is shrinking physically too. The decrease in availability of agricultural land that can feed the 9.7 billion people expected to populate the world by 2050 is a definite reason to sit up and take note.
The burgeoning population of the globe — owing to longer tlife expectancy, better medical facilities, and other medical and technological advances — hasn’t changed the amount of land available for cultivation. If anything, our booming industries and ever-expanding cities have eaten into that too.
The result — the emergence of technology in agriculture with the aim of improving sustainability and finding more efficient ways to cultivate the limited land that we have at our disposal. It is what will lead us through to Agriculture 4.0, from a technology perspective.
The CropIn team will be attending the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London on October 15-16.
Kunal Prasad, Co-Founder & COO is speaking on the Day 1 panel: Digital Frontiers: Integrating Digital Tools for Smarter Field Systems at 11.30am.
How digital farming helps solve the food problem