Crop Yields: Could Go Down when They Need to Go Up

Paul McMahon, author of “Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food,” asserts, “Science shows that our planet has the biophysical resources to feed 10bn people. We already produce enough to feed that many, but much food is wasted or diverted towards the rich.” [“Opinion: Food market is increasingly volatile,” Financial Times, 11 April 2014] McMahon …

Big Data Analytics Could Produce Big Results in the Agricultural Sector

Even though humankind is still dependent on agriculture for its survival, most developed and developing states no longer rely primarily on the agricultural sector for economic growth. As the world has advanced from the age of agriculture to the industrial and post-industrial ages, many of its inhabitants have nevertheless clung to the romantic image of …

Agriculture and Big Data: Saving the World

“Higher food prices have increased poverty, destabilised governments and helped trigger revolutions,” asserts Paul McMahon, “leading to a revival of fears about our ability to feed the world.” [“Opinion: Food market is increasingly volatile,” Financial Times, 11 April 2014] McMahon is the author of ‘Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food’ and managing partner at …

High Tech Agriculture

“The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet will greatly affect agricultural machines such as tractors, agricultural sprayers, harvesters, soil cultivating equipment and cow milking machines,” writes Mark van Rijmenam. “Sensors in machines, from large tractors to cow milking machines, can tell the farmer a lot of information, in real-time, 24/7 without the farmer having …