The climate crisis is a reality that affects us all, including the agri-food industry. Food production has become more complex and difficult due to rising temperatures, drought and flooding.
A study by the University of Minnesota has shown that climate change is affecting food production on a global scale, causing variable yields in the world’s top 10 crops. From a 13.4% decrease for oil palm to a 3.5% increase for soybeans. This results in an average reduction of one-third of the consumable calories of these top 10 crops.
However, the actual impacts on a diversity of crops at the sub-national level and the implications for food security remain unclear, as the results show that the impact is mostly negative in Europe, Southern Africa and Australia, but generally positive in Latin America. On the other hand, in Asia and North and Central America they are mixed.
What to do about the impact of the climate crisis on the agri-food industry?
All is not lost; technologies for sustainability are constantly evolving. Detailed analysis of the type of crop, industry and geographical location are some of the data that help to implement customized solutions for each company.
Some examples of technologies adapted to climate change are:
Smart irrigation monitoring and management: By using sensors and real-time monitoring systems, a smart irrigation management solution can be implemented. This technology allows measuring soil moisture, ambient temperature and other relevant parameters to optimize the amount of water required for crops according to their specific needs. By ensuring efficient water use, this solution helps to address water scarcity and reduce environmental impact.
Vertical farming and greenhouse growing systems: Vertical farming and greenhouse growing systems are solutions that maximize crop yields by using vertical or horizontal spaces efficiently. These technologies provide precise control of environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity and light, allowing for more productive and sustainable cultivation. In addition, by growing in a controlled environment, the risks associated with extreme weather conditions are reduced.
Renewable energy integration: Agri-food companies can adopt renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to meet their energy needs. This not only reduces dependence on non-renewable energy sources, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the integration of renewable energy can be carried out in combination with energy storage systems, allowing for a constant and reliable supply of clean energy.
At ATS, we believe in the importance of continuous research and development, which is why we are committed to innovation and development to help ensure food safety. We constantly explore new technologies and solutions to address changing climate challenges and improve efficiency in food production.
Our goal is to provide agri-food companies with the tools they need to adapt and thrive in an uncertain climate environment. Quality solutions set the course for major projects.
Do you dare to invest in consulting and fight the climate crisis in your company?
ATS is for you, contact us and we will attend each of your requests.