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Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

This story originally appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Across Midwestern farms, if Girish Chowdhary has his way, farmers will someday release beagle-sized robots into their fields like a pack of hounds flushing pheasant. The robots, he says, will scurry in the cool shade beneath a wide diversity of plants, pulling…

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Robotic farming: Why is it uncertain?


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Hands-free farming: Auto-driving tractors heading to the fields

Des Moines, Iowa For years Americans have been told autonomous technology was improving and that driverless vehicles were just around the corner.Finally they’re here, but to catch a glimpse of them, you’ll need to go to a farm rather than look along city streets.Beginning this fall, green 14-ton tractors that can plow day or night…

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Are we growing in the wrong places? Researchers

Today, close to half of the world’s ice-free land is dedicated to agricultural production.Converting that natural land into agriculture has contributed to three of humanity’s most dire environmental challenges: the emission of greenhouse gases (food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s GHG emissions), habitat and biodiversity loss, and water scarcity – agriculture is…

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Indoor farming market size estimated at $75.3 billion by 2028

The global Indoor Farming Market size is estimated to reach USD 75.3 billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.9% from 2021 to 2028, according to the new report conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. The increasing demand for food owing to the rising population is expected to drive the growth. Factors such as declining water supply,…

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Limpet farming: A new and unlikely source of protein?

Limpets are among the most abundant and familiar features of the world’s coastlines.They are perhaps most famous simply for their ability to cling onto rocks. But they may prove an unsung hero of aquaculture, according to a new study.“Limpets don’t get the respect they deserve,”​ said Dr Louise Firth, Associate Professor of Marine Ecology at…

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Can Urban Farming Keep Indigenous Food Practices Alive?

Kirsten Kirby-Shoote didn’t have a plan when in 2015 they booked a one-way ticket from Portland, Oregon, to Detroit. But they knew they wanted to work on an urban farm—and eventually start one. So they volunteered on farms as part of the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) network for a few years until they…

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Octopus farming: Sustainability solution or recipe for disaster?

The world is eating more octopus, reveals a new report released by Compassion in World Farming.Landings of this culinary delicacy peaked in 2014 with a yearly catch of almost five million tonnes – more than eight times the catch of 1950.Most octopus is caught in Asia and the Mediterranean, it says. In the EU, Italy…

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With care, sustainable farming and food safety can be a good match

Food Safety Education Month Mention sustainable agriculture and you’ll likely get a hearty thumbs-up. Ask why this is so, and you’ll hear how sustainable farmers take good care of the soil, their animals, the environment, their employees — and that this way of farming benefits consumers’ health and safety. You’ll also be told that farmers…