From spectral data and AI-powered robots, technology plays a role in sustainability

From spectral data and AI-powered robots, technology plays a role in sustainability

Miguel Tesira, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer from MetaspectralHe says technology has an important role in improving the sustainability of agriculture.

“Automation of manual labor is an obvious application, but there is also a great opportunity in using techniques such as advanced precision farming spectroscopy,” said Facilitator. “When spectral data, which contains information from across the electromagnetic spectrum, is analyzed using deep learning, it is possible to determine the physical composition of what is captured in the images.”

With this data, Tissera says, you can create environmental models to map greenhouse gases, measure carbon sequestration, measure chlorophyll levels, detect crop diseases, and measure soil moisture content. “This makes it possible for farmers to take highly specific and targeted actions on their farms such as knowing where to put nitrogen, potassium or phosphorous to achieve the best result.”

“The main advantage of using data from satellite monitoring is its scalability,” said Facila. “It allows us to analyze large areas of land, which are complementary to aerial platforms such as drones, where this data is much more local.”

By using data from space monitoring, Facilitator says, they can create models that cover more extensive parts of the atmosphere, giving a panoramic view of Earth.

“This makes it possible to create greenhouse gas models that cover entire provinces and countries,” Facilitator said. “By getting smaller and getting a broader and more holistic view, we can then put in place policies and legislation at the national level.”

But Taysera also believes that there are financial barriers to deploying some of the more advanced technologies.

“While the costs associated with new technologies eventually come down over time, in my opinion that still needs to be addressed at the tax level as well, as we look at giving tax breaks to farmers who adopt new technologies that improve outcomes,” said Facilitator. sustainability”. .

December 2021 from Pitchbook’s Pitchbook Emerging Technology Research The report shows that agritech startups raised $3.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021. The report leans largely on why funding has increased, including concerns about food security during global supply chain disruptions, and data-enabled crop productivity gains. environmentally friendly agricultural technologies. VC-backed funding is focused on agrobiologicals – environmentally friendly alternatives to synthetic fertilizers and emerging technology in the form of in-field sensors and hyperspectral imaging using drones.

Artificial intelligence powered robots

Jonathan Bertie, founder and former CEO of Robovision, says society expects more from farming; More mouths to feed but with less impact on the environment and higher quality products expected but keeping prices from escalating,

“To make it more difficult, labor shortages have become a structural phenomenon, so farmers and farmers need to do things differently to remain profitable and because developed countries translate societal expectations into stricter regulation,” Bertie said. “For example, to meet the growing need for healthy vegetables and no longer use polluting pesticides, AI-powered weeding robots must be deployed on a large scale.”

Bertie says he expects to see a new wave of automation driven by AI-powered robots in the next decade.

“We expect horticulture to lead the way and outdoor farming to follow suit; with weeding and crop work, robots will become natural in the next few years,” Bertie said. “We also expect to see AI-assisted farm management systems that enable micro-level decision-making – each individual plant gets exactly the water or nutrients it needs to grow optimally.”

Bertie believes that AI will play a critical role in creating sustainable agriculture. “Smart machines will help us use fewer pesticides, water and land for the same production. They will also help us grow the food we need closer to where consumers are.”

“Eventually, we will have AI-powered robots to manipulate our animals and plants, optimally guided by AI-powered farm management systems that get smarter over time,” Bertie added.

In the future, Bertie says, food manufacturers and retailers will interact with farm management systems, and AI systems will be able to optimally match consumer demand and farmers’ supply, reducing waste and improving quality.

“In many ways, AI systems will become an essential enabling technology that agricultural and food ecosystems need to address major societal challenges,” Bertie said.

Grainy ESG platform

Derek Lyons, Co-Founder and CTO at actual, says they’re seeing a lot of talk about environment, sustainability and governance (ESG) right now. “But there is a gap in the market between making zero net promises and delivering on them.”

The company has created an ESG platform that can assess risks, identify carbon hotspots, and demonstrate practical pathways such as renewable farming practices to net zero.

The platform is built with game-like elements reminiscent of SimCity for PC with vivid 3D modeling options and accurate renderings of satellite-based projects, making ESG action plans visual and interactive.

Lyons says their ESG tool is not focused on data collection, monitoring and accounting but actions to reduce emissions and help farms translate sustainability goals into concrete plans. “We enable farmers to translate the latest science into bespoke change on the ground.”

The company worked with New Zealand Merino Corporation Renewable Wool Platform (NZM)ZQRX) to enable 600 wool farms covering more than 3.5 million acres of farmland in New Zealand to transition to net wool production.

“We worked with the company to identify specific acre-by-acre measures that could reduce emissions on more than 300 ZQRX farms by approximately 70%,” Lyons said. “This reduction is an emissions reduction equivalent to replacing every gas-powered car in San Francisco with an electric one,” Lyons said.

“These farms that provide some of the world’s finest wool to international fashion brands such as Allbirds, VF Corporation and Loro Piana – now have a pathway to deliver zero-grade natural fibers on a scale never accomplished before,” Lyons said.

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