Agriculture and food


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How titanic robots are helping to plough a sustainable path for farmers

FarmWise robots use artificial intelligence to cut out weeds while leaving crops untouched, eliminating the need for herbicides.

Digital technologies rescue food from landfill

Food waste has reached colossal proportions and the magnitude of the problem requires equally massive resources with the potential to supply sustainable answers. What better than the dynamic digital databases and advanced analytics we literally have access to 'at our fingertips'. One ambitious action, led by TCD's Prof Anna Davies, is opening up access to waste schemes in urban sprawls.

Farmers urgently need to diversify, but they cannot do it alone

Boosting biodiversity on farms is crucial to make them more resilient to climate change and protect future food security, but it will not happen without change across the food supply chain from seed producer to consumer, say agronomists.

Why shorter isn’t necessarily better when it comes to food supply chains

Fears over supermarket shortages during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic led many people to buy their food from local producers, raising the prospect of a transformation in the way people get their food in the future. But while eating locally and shorter supply chains are often viewed as a more sustainable alternative to our global food system, the reality is much more complicated, explains Dr Tessa Avermaete, a bioeconomist at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. 

The food and water systems astronauts will need to travel to places like Mars

If humans are to travel to distant destinations in space like the moon or Mars, they’ll need ways to live for long periods of time. And one of the key challenges of that includes how to have safe food and water to eat and drink when far from Earth.

Pandemic highlights urgent need to change Europe’s food system

Europe urgently needs to make its food system more sustainable – or else face growing food insecurity and health impacts – and the coronavirus pandemic offers us an opportunity to push for change, according to Professor Peter Jackson.


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