Written by Marcus Parade on Digilah (Tech Thought Leadership)
𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐞 have over 8 billion gorilla’s 🦍🦍 living on our planet – would you say we have an overpopulation of gorillas?
As I find overpopulation very visible on our planet, the question arises, how can we feed all our people more sustainable, if our population worldwide is estimated by the UNO to be around 10 billion by the year 2050?
𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝:
𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 dear 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 strolling through endless acres of golden cornfields stretching as far as the eye can see 🌽🌽
He said: “Oh Marcus, it feels so nice to be outside here in lovely nature?!”
I also love walking along golden cornfields and yet the fields feel to me only partly being in nature. Putting it baldly, we were also walking in simple production fields for farming products. We didn’t see animals nor insects.
🌲🌴 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 going on steadily since the last 10.000 years and an end is not in sight. The crazy race for more farmland, driven by climate change and an ever-growing population, is a ticking time bomb that is likely to trigger ecological collapse on a global scale.
1st. circle is from 10.000 years ago. 2nd. circle from 300 years ago. 3rd. circle from 5 years ago.
The question is, how do we feed all people, as further deforestation for more farmlands can in my opinion not be the solution.
In turn, around 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted every year. Where does it all go?
It is lost during production or wasted at the consumer level. At the same time around 10 % of our world population are starving.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫?
We can change our consumer behaviour, as the production such as for meat needs 𝐄𝐍𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐎𝐔𝐒 amounts of more energy, water, space as well as emissions into our atmosphere. AND, less than only 20% of our worldwide farmlands are used for the direct consumption by us humans.
A staggering 80% of our planet’s farmland is devoted to livestock feed, biofuels, and other non-food crops, leaving precious little for direct human consumption.
𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐬.
New agricultural technologies can be game changers such as:
1.💦💧 More precise watering solutions directly reaching the roots
2. 🚜🛰 Better efficient machines with more precision farming
3. 🌱☣ Biotechnology with genetic modification of plants to protect them better and produce more. 𝐈𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 bacteria can be created producing nutrients like proteins.
4. 💡🎲 Use of AI (artificial intelligence):
AI-powered 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐬 🤖 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 your farm’s new best friends – they collect real-time data on crop yields, plant health, and soil moisture levels. It’s like having a personal assistant who knows everything about your plants.
Self-driving tractors 🚜 and drones can be equipped with 𝐀𝐈-𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 optimize crop planting, fertilizing, and harvesting. With their precision and efficiency, they can help reduce labour costs and increase productivity.
AI can be like the ultimate 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 🕵. It can analyse all data from the very beginning up to table to help optimize logistics and reduce waste. It’s like having a personal assistant who knows everything about your plants and how they travel to us.
When it comes to crop monitoring, AI has a 𝐞𝐚𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐞𝐲𝐞 👁👁 that even most farmers can’t beat.. AI peering deep into the heart 💚 of crops to detect even the slightest signs of disease or pests, empowering farmers to take proactive measures and safeguard their precious yields.
Around 70% of our freshwater is frozen, around 29% is groundwater and the rest is surface water. Source of chart: Netafim
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡?
Improving the production of food on our planet Earth 🌏 is a complex issue that involves various stakeholders including farmers, governments, researchers, and consumers.
While overpopulation remains one of our main challenges is the production of our food a central challenges for our common future of our climate and us humans.
Let’s embrace our future and change for better sustainability and life. 💛🌹🌞
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