Today’s Solutions: October 27, 2021

Large scale agriculture conjures up images of vast fields of the same crop. But this single crop mentality is part of the reason commercial agriculture is struggling. Implementing regenerative agriculture practices, such as crop diversification, crop cover, livestock rotation, and composting, can improve crop yields and can help capture more carbon in the soil, offsetting human emissions. So why aren’t more farmers doing it?

Most farms are set up with single crop infrastructure. We shared a story yesterday about how state initiatives can help farmers implement regenerative practices, but technology is also a key player in this transition. AI technologies, like FarmShots and Vine View, use aerial view drone footage to monitor hydration and crop healths. Another thing that can help is smartphone apps, like Plantix, which can identify plant diseases and recommend treatment. Countries like Australia have even adopted carbon credit programs for farmers who adopt regenerative practices to provide an economic incentive for going green.

Adopting large scale regenerative agriculture will require a major mindset shift in our food systems. But with less pollution, more carbon capture, and healthier crops, it’s the way of the future, and tech can help us get there. 

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Meet the Sioux Chef who’s putting Native American foods on the menu

Isn’t it ironic that when we think of American cuisine, we rarely, if ever, think of Native American dishes? Sean Sherman, who goes by “The Sioux Chef,” is on a mission to reverse how colonization ... Read More

Implanted electrodes could offer improved vision for 148 million blind people

Berna Gómez is a former teacher who has been blind for 16 years. She recently regained enough vision to see letters and objects thanks to the successful implantation of a microelectrode array into her visual ... Read More

Empowering ways to compliment girls that go beyond their looks

We recently published articles on how gender biases in children’s toys can limit kids by preventing them from developing a variety of skills through play, and how toymakers, like Lego, are working to eradicate these ... Read More

Study: Lemurs are the only nonhuman mammal with a sense of rhythm

Birds are known for their beautiful melodious calls, but among mammals, no species besides humans have been known to use rhythm or songーuntil now. Researchers in Madagascar have documented lemurs using rhythm and even singing ... Read More

The lord of rewilding: Irish Baron turns his estate into a nature preserve

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world would need to rewild and restore a territory the size of China over the next decade to meet commitments on nature and tackling climate change. ... Read More

8 Ways to naturally strengthen your fingernails

Nobody likes a broken fingernail, and strengthening your nails can help them become naturally more resistant to breakage. Today we share eight tips for stronger nails. Use cuticle oil  Cuticle oil helps soften cuticles, but ... Read More