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I genuinely hope you have recovered from the Turkey Day food coma that most of us succumb to in the days following Thanksgiving. But as you sat around the table and smelled the candied yams, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, did you think about where these items came from? Sure we think of Farmer Joe on his big green tractor trucking along in a field, but things are changing in the world of Agriculture, and this week that is what I aim to show you.
Tractors EV Style
Let’s start off easy, tractors. Let me tell you about Solectrac. Solectrac is the first electric tractor producer in North America. The 40 horsepower tractor runs with a 28-kilowatt rechargeable battery. It may be only a 2WD, but it can currently perform better than diesel tractors in power and torque at low speeds and matching performance at higher speeds. At $45,000 this is the eUtility tractor of the future.
Planting Goes a New Direction
Crops may not always come from the rows of planted fields that we see in the countryside either. Vertical farming has grown in popularity in recent years. The ability to use warehouse spaces offers huge benefits to those who choose to utilize the technology. How does it work? Well first, it relies heavily on robots and Artificial Intelligence to monitor, care for, and harvest vegetables. Cameras relay constant streams of data to a central computer which in turn instructs robots if plants need more water, light, or are ready for picking. With the use of these tools, vertical farming produces better fruits and veggies for consumers while using 95% less water and 99% less land. Imagine producing 720 acres worth of crop in just 2 acres of vertical space.
Plenty – Leading the Agriculture Evolution
One of the companies seeking to lead this evolution is Plenty. This San Francisco startup is leading the way in vertical vs flat farming. The ability to grow what a population should eat within the area the consumers live can make a world of difference to what is on the American plate. With flat farming, there are very few places on earth that are suitable to farm. Vertical farming takes away the need for the right climate, the right soil, right conditions. It only brings results wherever one chooses to grow and what they choose to plant. There are over 1,600 different startups fueling the change, warehouses are slowly being transformed into food growth and supply.
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Sasha J Little is setting a new standard for how to today’s consumers look, purchase and utilize the world of transportation around them. Her commitment to mobility news and technology is changing the way
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