Technology is Revolutionizing Farming

It’s no secret that the traditional farming methods are struggling to survive. That image burned into people’s minds of individuals sitting atop an enormous tractor plowing through acres of raw, profitable wheat fields are simply a dying breed. As the changing climate combines with people’s new drive for organic food, non-GMO products, and even the price tag fear of that parent in the aisle, this is a burning of the candle at both ends for farmers.

All of these changes have led to rising food prices. In fact, food prices are rising faster than the typical inflation of the market. Ultimately, this leads to a negative impact on the food environment. This has led to a record number of people struggling to make enough money to put food on the table. As more and more people go without food on a daily basis, the world has thought hard about potential solutions. In the end, without food people will suffer and starve. Finding a solution to our food problems is a necessity.

This is where vertical farming comes in. The massive drive to produce cheap food has led to non-rotational farming. This leaches the soil of vital resources necessary to keep the food growing. By rotating crops, the soil stays fertile for other crops; however, this take time and people are struggling now. Vertical farming completely takes the soil out of the equation and grows food instead inside of a building. In this building of hundreds of shelves at various levels off of the ground. The crops are placed in these shelves and the roots and plants are allowed grow in a unique way. There isn’t any soil involved. The plants instead root in some sort of artificially produced substrate. This substrate would contain all of the nutrients necessary to grow crops to their full potential the same way that soil would. Furthermore, the soil would be allowed to rest after being raked through the coals by centuries of human farming. With the changing climate, more floods, droughts, and other forms of severe weather are expected. This not only places the traditional crops at risk but also means the soil will have its own problems to contend with. Vertical farming will help to keep people fed while keeping the Earth safe.

Farming super robots will change farming forever

Technology is rapidly changing the world as we know it. Phones have replaced our camera, calculator and alarm clock. What’s next? Well the backbone of America is known as the average farmer but this could change. In the future average farm worker will replaced by a robot named Oz. These robots will can be programmed to work various crops. This bot is still relatively new and currently being programmed to work different crops but eventually will be programmed to perfection and able to work almost any. It is currently even being tested on tropical crops.

There will be a variety of benefits from the high-tech farm aid that the average worker can not compete with. Farm Robots will be able function more hours a day and even help farmers collect and analyze data. This analytical approach will also lead to more advances in farming. It will be continuously linked into local weather.

Currently the use of the agricultural robot or agribot is primarily limited to the harvesting stage. We can only imagine what the rise of this new robot will bring to economies globally. This will decrease the need for farm workers therefore bringing a rise in unemployment. There will however be a demand for qualified technicians and programmers to work with this magnificent machine.

Oz is not just limited to gardening. Oz can even be programmed to help care for livestock. They can help raise cattle, chickens and other stock animals. It could actually bring down the cost of food.

Oz will actually be made available to the average public at an affordable monthly rate. Can you imagine the luxury of having a robotic gardener? One could predict that if this be affordable enough there could be an increase of self-sufficient homes. Family will be able to save monthly on their grocery bill and put that money towards a monthly payment on a robot that will maintain their garden and livestock. This advance that is designed with the farmer in mind might even be the demise of the need for mass-farming.