We have worked so hard to make food cheap that we have made everyone sick!
- 1955: Average middle-class family’s healthcare budget was nearly 8% of family income and weekly budget for food was 22%.
- 2016: The healthcare budget now has increased to 25% of family income and the food budget is only 10%.
These facts are publicly available and are a matter of big concern!
Quality crop can be produced without genetic modifications with smarter use of available resources and implementing “Internet of Things” in farming.
Companies like CropMetrics, Edyn, Farmlogs & others provides IoT based solutions for Precision and SMART farming. Some of the key components, benefits & limitations of SMART farming is as follows:
Smart Farming Benefits:
- Reducing wastage of water
- Anticipate changing weather for planning
- Accurate and precise use of fertilizers
SMART Farming Key Components:
- M2M based Monitoring & Tracking – Reduces waste & Increase efficiency.
- Sensors and Connectivity – Addresses Soil Erosion.
- Smartphone & Device Notifications – Climate change & Predictive Analytics
SMART Farming current Limitations:
- Patchy wireless & broadband coverage in rural areas.
- Standards for sensors & data still under development.
- Needs the farmers to be tech savvy.