The Oldest Challenge of Mankind Still is One of The Toughest
Sustainable Food Production
Thoughts on What Can Be Next
Today, every 2nd farm in Germany is using smart technology already to face the challenges of a global food production industry. In the following years, agriculture as we knew it will transform fundamentally. Willing or not.
Soil degradation, huge demand for land for agriculture, and the growing population rate are some of the challenges that the global agricultural industry is facing. In our latest medium article, Oliver Keller, Creative Director at TEAMS Hamburg, and Reinold Durstberger analyse some of these topics and the open possibilities for innovation to create sustainable solutions.
Read the first part of the new series now on Medium, and stay tuned to the upcoming articles of this series.
1) Ecological Agriculture & Technical Innovation
Modern industrialized agriculture turns out to be quite inefficient after all. It's effects on our environment, especially the soil used for farming, are severe. The FAO reckons we might have only 60 years left before the earth's fertile grounds are ruined.
The number of people to feed is rising whilst the soil productivity of our earth is in dramatic decline (first article).
How to address this problem? Here is our first idea: AI managed permacultures. The biological diversity of permaculture is hardly manageable for one farmer. But still a doable job for an AI and automated machinery. Read our second article on Medium, to find out why and how.
2) Track your Veggies!
Following our series on how to feed a rapidly growing population with fewer resources, more sustainably, we defined five areas of innovation not only in agriculture but in food production and consumption as a whole, also taking everything around into consideration.
Our second concept addresses our thinking: how can we make food a priority again? Not just concerning awareness of quality, but also of its production and background? Here's why and how: Track your veggies! Be informed about what you eat from the first second of its growth and thereby gain back awareness of what food really means.
Read more on our third article on Medium.
3) Aim High, Streamline
The possibility of keeping up uninterrupted cold chains during transport led to food production being located farther and farther from the consumers. Cities became more dependent on their surrounding region, and a culture of heavy food imports emerged.
Nowadays, new ways of producing food have been steadily refined/developed to a point where we are starting to see pioneers of new food production settling right amongst our increasingly densely populated cities. Through vertical farms, our urban areas can progressively gain independence again and the accompanying simplification of logistics becomes more relevant in our urbanized world.
Read our third concept on Medium about optimizing food production through vertical farming.