Adopting more sustainable farming is one of the best ways to slow down global warming and new approaches, such as precision agriculture techniques, are helping to pave the way for that transition. Two types of technologies, in particular, are supporting it: precision agriculture techniques like satellites and software can help farmers raise crops more efficiently, while reducing emissions and even promoting human rights.
“One ambitious project is the UK’s Spatial Finance Initiative, established last year to explore ways of integrating geospatial data and analysis into financial decision-making. The idea is to use tiny satellites to take high-resolution images of every point on the planet every day, complemented by drone footage, with the resulting data automatically scanned and interpreted by artificial intelligence.”
And as consumers increasingly support more equitable and sustainable farming practices, it’s getting easier to invest in them. That increased awareness also points to a growing, collective awareness of how our practices have a ripple effect, and are connected to everything from soil ecology to hiring and employment practices in the agricultural industry. As Gross reported, the Green Assets Wallet, a tool created by the G20-backed sustainability platform Stockholm Green Digital Finance, for instance, gives investors access to data from companies about their progress and achievements in sustainable practices.
Aside from precision agriculture techniques, what sustainability techniques are you most excited about?