Food Of Thought: How High-Tech Agriculture Is Shaping Our Lives

You have agriculture to blame for supplying food for people across the globe. You can trace its rich history to ten entire centuries in the past, all the way back to the eras of barbarian and savage tribes in Europe, in Asia, and the Middle East. Prior to the advancement of agricultural technology, the global farming community supplied food to around four million human beings. In the present day, this technology has advanced to provide over seven billion people in the world with sustenance. The growth and advancement, the ongoing work and progress of farming technology has a large part to play in this staggering progression.


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Technological improvement and growth in farming have contributed exponentially to the everyday rituals of all living people on Earth today, in an economic sense as well as in a social or cultural sense. Far more than industrial, it’s fundamental in prolonging the human race. The agricultural community supplies people with the nutrition we need, the attire that keeps us warm, raw materials to build houses with, and economically prospers with many employees earning a decent living.  Looking at smaller countries such as the Republic of Ireland for instance, there are now 85 to 95 thousand employees in the industry, the nation currently holds nearly 150 thousand smallholding farms that are mostly owned by families.

Advancement of technology and methodical scientific processes impact agriculture today, improving sustainability and profitability and reducing labor costs and hours for those employed within the sector. Advanced machines carry out the majority of tasks previously undertaken by human hands. Current tech yields that the average farm worker can carry out hay-baling in small proportions of the workday required under three decades back. Presently the human population accounts for seven and a half billion, and nations such as India and China make up just over a third of that. This total has climbed from four and a half billion at the beginning of the 1980s to almost seven 30 years later, and scientists have projections that if technology keeps advancing to meet the consumption needs of a growing population, we could encompass nine and a half billion by 2050.

The rapid growth of the human population means an urgent need to discover fresh techniques and methods to procure sustenance. Production advancement is a worldly task agricultural workers and food producers must deal with. Precise agriculture technology is already equipped to use Global Positioning Systems (or GPS) with the use of satellites, radio frequency identification (or RFID) tagging, artificial inseminating cattle and social media, radically shifting from the farms we used to know. Fertilizing, pesticide distribution, as well as widespread systematic irrigating, are utilized year upon year to boost the average yield. The efficiency of these already implemented systems has dramatically improved, with a focus on accessibility and impact on the planet.


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The Future of Food

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There are still challenges to overcome. Food produced for reasonable prices in the not-so-distant future must depend on the revision of hybrid grains and the resistance of the average crop to droughts and heavy rainfall as the climate adjusts and transforms over time. The ever-increasing availability of information and social interaction on the Internet, with technology becoming more accessible by the minute, will mean that companies in food wholesale and retail will need to be more transparent with their reports and pricing. Farms and food production corporations will need to invest heavily in state-of-the-art technology if they are to provide nutrition to an increasing global population and drive their global profit, in the future.


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