Technology continues to advance and revolutionize the food industry, with the rise of food and agricultural technology in recent years. All this in order to streamline the production process, provide transparency to customers and benefit the environment. The agricultural industry has been radically transformed over the past 50 years. Advances in machinery have expanded the scale, speed and productivity of agricultural equipment, leading to more efficient cultivation of more land.
Seeds, irrigation and fertilizers have also improved tremendously, helping farmers to increase yields. Now, agriculture is in the early days of another revolution, in which data and connectivity meet. Artificial intelligence, analytics, connected sensors and other emerging technologies could further increase yields, improve the efficiency of water and other inputs, and promote sustainability and resilience in crops and livestock. Many of these technologies are not only efficient, but they replace labor.
Driven in part by the shortage of workers to pick fruit, some large commercial companies have employed harvesting robots that can cover the surface of several workers. Given the impact of COVID-19 on borders and the flows of workers in and out of the U.S. In the U.S., many companies have a strong incentive to continue investing in these technologies, further reducing the need for human labor. The arrival of driverless tractors and sprayers will further reduce the need for a large daily staff.