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Video: ‘The incredible farms being run from space’

There’s a seismic shift underway in agriculture. Farming may be among the last industries to undergo a digital revolution, but the changes are arguably going to be further reaching than anything we’ve seen so far.

In this in-depth video by the BBC’s Follow the Food program, it is said that farming’s digital revolution has potential for both business and the planet to benefit alike. The aim of the transformation is to produce more food from farming with less. That’s lower volumes of agrochemicals, less heavy machinery, less water, no additional land, and crucially for the farmers themselves, less time. 

According to the video narrative, three big developments have rung in the start of the agricultural digital revolution. First, the development of sensor technology that is both astonishingly small and, crucially, cheap. Secondly, the communications technologies required to move data between the field and the computational cloud, and third, the technology to process mind-boggling volumes of information with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Source: BBC. Watch the video here
Follow the Food is an eight-part documentary series by the BBC that questions where our food comes from and how this will change in the near future, thanks to new technologies and innovative ways of farming.

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