Agriculture can provide food for the planet; however, it also contributes to global warming. Agriculture-related production consumes around 70% of the planet's freshwater and accounts for approximately 1/3 of carbon dioxide emissions. However, it doesn't need to be.
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Agriculture Robot

The farming industry is shifting inside, and farmers aren’t what they were. Innovative farming methods and new technologies and companies are changing the landscape.
Consider Grover or Phil. The two are self-contained robots or the future farmers for Iron Ox, a 6-year-old farm tech company based in Silicon Valley. Startup. It produces food in natural-light greenhouses, intending to decentralize agriculture to bring crops closer to the consumer and more environmentally sustainable.

“We have robots who are tending the plants. They’re checking on it, they’re looking for problems, and changing how much nutrients it receives as well as its amount of water, receives,” explained Brandon Alexander.

Agriculture Robot

Iron Ox’s strategy is entirely different from the method that Alexander was raised on a Texas farm, described as”the “spray and hope” method of agriculture, where chemicals are used to create greater quantity, but at the expense of quality. Indoor farming allows farmers to cultivate any crop regardless of climate or changes in temperature. Hydroponics is also used, which allows for growing crops without soil. It means that water flows directly to the root.


“A majority of the water used in field farming is washed out and never reaches the plant. In fact, 70 percent of your freshwater is being used in that farming, only 10% actually makes it to the plant. This is just creating a lot of waste.” he added.
Iron Ox does not consider itself “vertical farming,” which is another kind of technology designed to cut down on greenhouse gases by using smaller areas for growth. Although there is certainly competition in clean agriculture, Alexander says he welcomes the competition.
“In the field of indoor farming in the present, despite all the money invested in it, they are only a tiny fraction with regard to the potential of the area. When it’s done right, food is able to connect more people to the top five tech companies,” he added.
Iron Ox is now expanding to Texas, close to Austin. It is sold to stores like Whole Foods and local eateries. Alexander claims that the company will produce around 100 times more products in 18 months than it currently produces.
Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures support the company Crosslink Ventures, R7 Partners, Eniac Ventures, Pathbreaker, i/o Ventures, and Amplify Ventures. The total investment to date is $98 million.