For the uninitiated, Hydroponics is a technique for growing a smart farm within a greenhouse. Here, a'smart farm' refers to a soilless, vertical setup that can house a thousand plants and more. A Hydroponics farm may just be our best bet for churning out chemical-free produce in less than half the space of actual farmland. Technology doesn't let innovation rest and always pushes for advancement. The same goes for Hydroponics, which has gone a step further to evolve into what's already being referred to as'Smart Hydroponics'.
Back in the good old days, farming was easy. Throw some seeds in the ground, keep it watered, pray to your preferred deity to spare your crops from pestilence and wait for harvest season. But with the global population closing in on 7 billion mouths to feed, humanity is going to have to figure out how to grow more food using less land and fewer resources, and soon. So while some researchers and equipment manufacturers are devising intelligent agricultural implements that will toil in tomorrow's fields on our behalf, others are aiming to bring futuristic farms to urban city centers. "Over three billion dollars were lost in California alone [in 2017], because there's not enough people to actually do the operations in seeding or harvesting," Brandon Alexander, co-founder of Iron Ox Robotic Farms, told Engadget.
The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled- environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. They try to do too many things at once. - A common pitfall of many vertical farms is attempting to both grow food for market while productizing and selling the technology they're using to grow their food. Reflecting on their own shuttered operations, each of the three panelists echoed this warning about labor: Don't overlook your labor costs. All three panelists express similar challenges regarding the workers on their respective farms. While the wages were relatively low (ranging from $9-15 per hour), labor costs added up quickly thanks to the farms' growing techniques 3.
In the corner of an Ohio field, a laser-armed robot inches through a sea of onions, zapping weeds as it goes. This field doesn't belong to a dystopian future but to Shay Myers, a third-generation farmer whose TikTok posts about farming life often go viral. He began using two robots last year to weed his 12-hectare (30-acre) crop. The robots – which are nearly three metres long, weigh 4,300kg (9,500lb), and resemble a small car – clamber slowly across a field, scanning beneath them for weeds which they then target with laser bursts. "For microseconds you watch these reddish color bursts. You see the weed, it lights up as the laser hits, and it's just gone," said Myers.
And through all those millennia, farmers have literally battled the elements. They have read the seasons and bred new crop types largely through trial and error. By the late 20th century we had increased food production with mechanization, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, irrigation and a lot more. Today, humankind is growing more food than ever. But, here's a crucial question: How long can we keep farming like this?