New technologies to help with food production?

There are tons of things going on in the world right now including droughts in California and the huge earthquake in Nepal, but do we ever wonder how that may affect our food supply? A couple weeks ago I wrote about the drought in California and what it could mean for our grocery bills this year, but now there may be some hope that technology can help ease some of those fears.

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The largest problem in the fight for food is the amount of waste around the world. We have figured out the best ways to make the most amount of food but according to Fortune, we waste approximately 30-50% of the food we grow around the world.  A lot of the food that becomes wasted though is by retail stores or fast food restaurants who can’t use or sell products due to a cosmetic defect.

Another reason for waste is the loss of food due to spoiling. Items can spoil during the farming as well as transit. One idea to fix this would be to employ better cooling techniques by installing coolers in the farming and transit process, but that could become quite costly.

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An idea to save the waste from foods is to convert the wasted food into biofuels or use it in animal foods. In order to do this though, there will need to be a process put into action that will also need rules and regulations.

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Smartphones can also be a good addition to farming because it can allow farmers to better plan their harvest and distribution to stores. However, most of the farmers I know would say they don’t have time for smartphones and all that planning. They just want to farm.

On the other hand, technology is starting to be thought of in the shopping process by making handheld scanners that can give you the nutritional value of items. I think there are already apps that can do this, but there is a huge medium to make this more active in the food buying process by allowing you to see where a shipment came from or what was used to fertilize it.

I expect in the future we will see more technology integrated into the way we grow, buy, and eat our food. We certainly have the technology we just need to find the right way to integrate it into our food world.