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Smart farming: How IoT, robotics, and AI are tackling one of the biggest problems of the century

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Dec 12, 2018 10:49 AM 4+ mon ago

Smart farming: How IoT, robotics, and AI are tackling one of the biggest problems of the century

It's still early days for precision agriculture, but two UK-based projects are proving the feasibility and value of the concept.

The world's human population currently stands at around 7.6 billion and is projected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100. We will therefore need a food production and distribution system that can accommodate another 3.6 billion people--ideally while consuming as little additional land and leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible, in order to maintain vital ecosystem services and conserve Earth's remaining wildlife.

That's clearly a challenge given that around half of the world's habitable land is under agriculture of some kind--with a high proportion of this used for livestock farming (Figure A).

In a widely reported recent study, Poore and Nemecek (2018) note that a shift away from meat and dairy consumption would go a long way towards relieving pressure on agricultural land and ...

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