AgTech to help fight climate changes
In an article published in Forbes Magazine Oct 31 2018, Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Director of Framework Investing, concludes that the agricultural sector needs a multitude of technical advancements the coming years to help fight climate changes:
Research published in 2012 suggests that an average of around a quarter of the production of greenhouse gasses are generated by global agriculture. A more recent study published in the scientific journal Nature, suggests that the effects from current agricultural technologies have the potential by themselves to push the Earth past critical tipping points. Read the quote below and see if you don’t get a shiver down your spine:
…Between 2010 and 2050… the environmental effects of the food system could increase by 50–90% in the absence of technological changes and dedicated mitigation measures, reaching levels that are beyond the planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity.
In other words, “Fix farming or run the risk of making the planet an unpleasant place for humans to live.”
Read the full article in Forbes Magazine.
Lettuce is grown in an artificial light “plant factory” operated by Mirai Inc. at the Plant Factory Center at Chiba University’s Kashiwanoha campus in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. “Mirai” means “future” in Japanese. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg