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Robots - The future of farming to feed 9 billion

Robots - The future of farming to feed 9 billion

By Jamie Martin

As the global population heads towards 9 billion by 2050, the challenge of feeding everyone becomes more daunting, especially with labor shortages in agriculture. The recent COVID-19 pandemic highlighted these issues, as travel restrictions led to unharvested crops and empty supermarket shelves.

A groundbreaking book from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing reveals how robotics could be the solution. Edited by leading experts, the book details the use of agricultural robots to fill labor gaps and enhance farming precision and efficiency. Advances in machine learning and automated systems have enabled these robots to perform complex tasks, from planting to harvesting with remarkable accuracy.

Professor Qin Zhang of Washington State University notes that these technologies not only address labor issues but also improve product quality and yield. The book also features case studies showcasing successful robot applications in various agricultural settings, including crop cultivation and livestock production.

With agricultural robot orders projected to increase by over 100% in 2025 compared to 2018, it's clear that the agricultural sector is embracing this technology. This adoption is driven by the need for consistent quality and output in the face of fluctuating labor markets and the pressing need to produce more with less.

For farmers and producers, this book offers a blend of practical examples and scientific research, providing the tools needed to integrate robotics into their operations effectively. As we face the future, embracing robotic technology in agriculture could be crucial in ensuring sustainable food systems worldwide.

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