The theme of World Food Day 2016 (celebrated on October 16) echoed the ultimate goals of Ag Tech innovation: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” The FAO presented six facts about the current state of food and agriculture and how climate change is pushing the world towards food insecurity – all of which the Ag Tech industry can help address and mitigate.
Here are some top Ag Tech stories from the month of October.
- In the face of climate change, gene editing is a tool scientists can use to develop crops that are better equipped to grow in harsher climates. (via Popular Science)
- Just as scientists have studied the human microbiome to pave the way for new medical triumphs, researchers are looking to plant microbiomes as another way to develop crops that do not need as much water, or to be treated with fertilizers. (via Wired)
- A new fully-autonomous robot developed in Australia can help farmers to kill weeds by individually identifying them and killing them by spray or digging, reducing weed control cost and herbicide use. (via ABC.net.au)
- Cultured meat, better known as lab-grown meat, is still in the early stages of development, but it can help address issues in the livestock industry such as its carbon footprint and the welfare of animals. (via Mic)
- After the energy industry, the agricultural sector is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. This presents an opportunity for Ag Tech to develop solutions to reduce these gases along the supply chain. (via WSJ)
Let us know what other Ag Tech stories caught your eye this month. Share them in the comments below, or tweet them to us @VerdexCapital.