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El futuro de la agricultura es… inteligente – Smart farming for a better future
Farming is suffering from an image problem. First of all, young people who live in farming communities are fleeing the rural life to look for jobs in the big city. It seems nobody wants to inherit the family farm anymore and very few young people want to study to go into farming. You can understand why small farms are disappearing and big companies are taking over the agriculture industry.
But big companies might be part of the solution. Because they have the money and the interest, they are leading the way in using modern equipment and computer modeling in order to improve harvests and maximize land use. By making farming hi-tech, it may encourage young people with university degrees to go into a career in farming.
The name of the game in smart farming is ‘connectivity’, and there are many ways this can be done. Scientific data is more easily accessed by farmers. Data can be shared between farmers. The general public can also become closer to farming through programs like the farm-to-table movement and rural accommodations (which can be done more effectively through social media).
Of course, there is one big problem with smart farming: who owns the data? Is it the property of the big companies that generally pay for it? Should it be shared for free? Should the government be taking the lead?
Of course there are other issues, but it seems that farming, like most aspects of our modern lives, will never be the same again.
To inherit – heredar
Harvest – cosecha
To encourage – animar
To share – compartir
To own – ser propietario de
To take the lead – liderar, tomar el mando
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