“When Robots Run Our Nation’s Farms” published on BigThink.com predicts greater efficiency and productivity for America’s agriculture but asks—as do I—what happens to the whole eat-local and organic movement? (Will there be robots at my farmers’ market?)
The researchers at growBot Garden Project don’t find them mutually exclusive, but it’s a huge shift in the way we think and relate to our food. And might agriculture robotics put small farmers out of business, in a Walmart-like effect? On the other hand, it’s interesting to consider how agriculture automation might help fight hunger in regions plagued by food shortages.
[First posted September 27, 2011, at amadorsquare.tumblr.com]