We’re becoming more conscious of the food we consume because of advances in technologies and communications.
As the world population grows, our accessible agricultural land is becoming smaller, and food security is becoming a global concern. Fortunately, technological advancements are helping us map, measure, and comprehend our agricultural system to better feed nearly 8 million individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have much to eat.
Though this might be a recent development, GMOs have been prevalent in human agriculture for quite some time. The first GM organism that used genetic engineering was created in 1994. In addition, GMOs have been sold to the public since 1997. Resistance to pests and herbicides was added to certain crops in the same way; it is now possible for scientists to improve the crop’s nutrition as well. A number of GMO crops are now developed in varying environments to aid several countries in solving their own respective food crises.
2. Farm Locations
When agricultural land grows scarcer, we must find more novel ways to produce food. A hydroponic garden was constructed, providing locally grown food and herbs. Since it is proven that food can be grown without soil, hydroponics is becoming increasingly common. Researchers are developing LED bulbs that emit a particular wavelength to plant crops. An LED bulb does not get heated, which means it can be positioned near the plants, and customized to provide light suitable for various plants.
3. Precision Agriculture
Satellite farming involves GPS surveying as well as utilizing satellite imaging technology to pay attention to the atmospheric conditions. Proximity enables farmers to take advantage of improved crop yields and better soil health. In these times of food scarcity and demographic growth, areas must be farmed efficiently to ensure that food production increases. In this case, using this new technology, the farmer receives details about the fields that would provide the most food so they can cultivate only on certain portions of their territory.
4. Food Waste Monitoring
Thanks to social networking and emerging technologies, we may significantly cut this figure. Many smartphones and online outlets are making an effort to find new ways to let the food go to good use. It allows restaurants to decrease food waste by offering discounts for customers who get in and out of there within 45 minutes of a posting (often as much as 30% to 50% off). Also, when doing meal planning, users are sent a suggestion of their chosen family size and meal expectations.
Farms may be located over great distances from one another, necessitating the use of artificial assistance by the farmer. Drones are increasingly being used as an alternative to agricultural labor and satellites. The equipment gives farmers the ability to pinpoint diseased or injured plants, apply fertilizer and pesticides with precision, and take images of different locations on the field. Following FAA approval, the study claims 70,000 new employments would be created in the sector.
An extraordinary amount of new technologies being developed which is expected to continue to improve the food industry. When our technology gets more mature, food production becomes positively affected.