Alphabet’s Mineral moonshot wants to help farmers with robotic plant buggies

0

Alphabet / Mineral

One of the central promises of the technology is that it can help farmers troubleshoot individual plants. In that way, if only a handful need a pesticide or some other form of care, growers can save money and lessen their impact on the environment.  

As Mineral points out on its website, there’s an urgent need to make farming more sustainable and productive. “To feed the planet’s growing population, global agriculture will need to produce more food in the next 50 years than in the previous 10,000 — at a time when climate change is making our crops less productive,” the team says on its website. Nature thrives on diversity, but the economics of farming incentivize farmers to grow monocultures. In turn, this makes their crops vulnerable to pests and diseases. It’s also detrimental to the soil their farms depend on, and the surrounding ecosystem. Those are all things Mineral wants to address. 

It may be another few years before we hear more from Mineral. In the meantime, the team says it’s working with innovative plant growers in the US, Canada, Argentina and South Africa. It’s also in the process of finding more companies, organizations and governments to work with on its mission. “Together, we will embrace nature’s complexity and diversity to build a more sustainable, resilient and productive food system,” the team said. 

For the latest tech news and updates, Install TechCodex App, and follow us on Google News,  Facebook, and Twitter. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.

Source

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. AcceptRead More