“...it’s not a hysteria, it’s a scientific fact”
"None of this is rhetoric, none of this is hysteria, it's a scientific fact" - Leonardo DiCaprio about the footstep that we are leaving on our planet. And it's true - to make our lives easier we are significantly changing all four of Earth's spheres - the Earth itself (geosphere), our lakes, rivers, and oceans (hydrosphere), air (atmosphere) and life on our planet (biosphere). Some of this damage, unfortunately, is irreversible: once species go extinct, they are not coming back.
So what can we possibly do to fix this? Can we still change things for a better on the individual level? And what role do our eating habits play in it?
The link between food and climate? It's complicated...
Even though most people don't stop to think about agriculture, it affects all of us in a significant way - it's how we get our food. And this relationship between our eating habits and the environment is complicated, to say the least.
Scientists believe that the way we produce our food is responsible for up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. This makes food production one of the main drivers for the climate instability, which in itself is the biggest threat to the future of agriculture productivity. It's a vicious cycle. Also, the fact that by the year 2050 we will have to feed 2 billion more mouths makes this relationship between food and climate even more tense.
So, we will simply be forced to find better and more sustainable ways to feed the staggeringly increasing population with the limited resources that are available to us. And this, of course, means that agriculture industry as a whole will absolutely have to change.
So what do we suggest?
Here at Vultus, we strongly believe that agriculture can and should become a key player in safeguarding the natural resources as well as the quality of everyone's lives, here on Earth. First of all, we see this great challenge as an opportunity to innovate. The greatest motivation behind our work is to significantly contribute to creating the ecological balance within agriculture industry and ensure food security - for us and generations to come.
With this goal in mind, we employ machine learning, artificial intelligence, and prescriptive analytics to provide farmers precise nitrogen recommendations that would enable waste-free farming. Eliminating nitrogen waste would minimize the environmental harm and would take better care of us all by producing better quality food.
To be precise, these nitrogen prescriptions can cut fertilizers usage by 40 percent. By preventing the overuse of nitrogen, that largely contributes to agricultural damage, our technology is estimated to save 2,3 million tons of CO2, which is the same amount of CO2, that is produced to keep more than half a million homes warm every year.
And one last thing - our solution also saves farmers' quite a bit of money, which is just a nice cherry on the top.
At Vultus, we do the best we can to enable exactly this win-win-win situation.