Have you ever wondered how your food came to be produced the way it is today? From the field to your table, a lot has changed – and improved – since farming first began, for both farmers and consumers.
Let’s start with a farmer. From the hottest days of summer, to the coldest days of winter, farmers are planning, planting, tending, growing and harvesting. A cycle that has developed in many ways throughout history, each farmer devotes his day to taking care of the food that you will put on your table.
It used to be enough (and often the only option) when farmers used horses to help them plant their food. But, to meet the demand of a growing population, the farmers needed something faster and more reliable. Because of growing demand, the farmer has adopted technology to become more efficient. Soon, planters, combines and other technologies became the quickest way to bring crops from farm to table.
As with other industries, consumers have had much to gain from the availability of computers, software, satellites, and the Internet. Such technologies also benefit farmers, who can use GPS and other technologies to practice “precision agriculture.” With “precise” information at their fingertips, they have the ability to more selectively use supplies and resources such as fertilizers, pesticides, tractors and other fuel-run equipment, and irrigation water. As a result, they can reduce CO2 emissions, pesticide applications, soil erosion and water run-off, there-by improving sustainability.
Modern farmers have adopted technology to not only improve health, but also improve sustainability of the food supply and decrease our use of natural resources. As the world population continues to rise, farmers have the daunting task of producing more food on the same amount of land.