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So you’re too ethical to eat meat; but should cows go extinct?

February 5th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more popular. Alternative sources of protein, including lab-grown meat, are becoming available. This trend away from farmed meat-eating looks set to continue. From an environmental perspective and a welfare perspective, that’s a good thing. But how far should we go? Would it be good if the last cow died? Many […]



Swarms of teeny robo-tractors will outmaneuver Tesla’s driverless cars

January 14th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

While Elon Musk and Waymo get all the attention — and regulations — autonomous vehicles for farming face fewer tech barriers and could be just as important Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on autonomous vehicles for its Waymo subsidiary, which have so far roamed more than 10 million miles of city streets […]



Cows on Russian farm get fitted with VR goggles to increase milk production

December 3rd, 2019 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

The VR headsets will hopefully relax the cows, offering them sun-filled summer views of green pastures. If you walked onto the RusMoloko dairy farm near Moscow, in Russia, you may think you’ve arrived onto a bizarre futuristic film set, where cows run around fitted with VR headsets. The VR goggles aren’t props for a film, […]



Brighter future for ag: Vertical underground farms, driverless tractors

August 16th, 2019 at 12:34 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey of the DaVinci Institute told InfoAg attendees that agriculture is “soon to become the coolest profession on Earth.” ST. LOUIS — Futurist Thomas Frey says we’re entering a period of unprecedented opportunity. Why? “Because humanity is going to change more in the next 20 years than in all history,” he told the […]



Electric powered farm vehicles set to revolutionise agriculture sector

August 3rd, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

 The use of battery power for agricultural vehicles and machinery promises to revolutionise the agricultural industry by lowering costs and improving production. From battery powered large tractors to autonomous small electric robots, battery and solar power are changing the face of agriculture. Agriculture is under pressure to produce more food using a declining availability of […]



Blockchains’s impact on food and farming, explained

July 24th, 2019 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

1. Is it possible to track where food comes from? Several companies have launched services allowing shoppers to see a product’s journey from farm to fork, but they often depend on retailers agreeing to be transparent. When you pop into a store to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or meat, it’s common for the packaging to […]



Meet the future of agriculture. Say Hello to DOT

July 7th, 2019 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

Autonomous agriculture is here.



Radical desalination approach may disrupt the water industry

May 9th, 2019 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

Illustration describing fresh water production from hypersaline brines by temperature swing solvent extraction. Hypersaline brines—water that contains high concentrations of dissolved salts and whose saline levels are higher than ocean water—are a growing environmental concern around the world. Very challenging and costly to treat, they result from water produced during oil and gas production, inland […]



MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

April 21st, 2019 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is here. This research didn’t come out […]



Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon

January 18th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

A photo of the cotton sprout. ‘This is the first time humans have done biological growth experiments on the lunar surface,’ said Xie Gengxin, who led the design of the experiment. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images A small green shoot is growing on the moon after a cotton seed germinated onboard a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said. […]



Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent

January 16th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Aerial view of the 2017 field trials where scientists studied how well their plants modified to shortcut photorespiration performed beside unmodified plants in real-world conditions. They found that plants engineered with a synthetic shortcut are about 40 percent more productive. Credit: James Baltz/College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Plants convert sunlight into energy through […]



Chinese PhDs and MBAs give up city life for farming, driven by desire to improve agriculture and livelihoods

December 22nd, 2018 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

Millions of educated Chinese have left cities to become farmers, inspired to change agriculture or disenchanted with the pressures of urban life They practise organic farming and water conservation, hoping to set an example for fellow farmers, and revive traditional technique



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