Robot Farmers May Become Common By 2016
Blue River Technology and has recently received $3.1 Million dollars for further funding. These robots would be able to produce organic vegetables while still using mass production methods, which would reduce pesticide usage while also lowering organic food costs.
report from the EPA shows that the U.S. uses 1.1 Billion pounds of herbicides each year. It is estimated that these robots could lower herbicide usage by 250 Million pounds of herbicide per year. Ultimately, these robots could lower the 850 Million pounds of pesticide used as well since pest infestations could be monitored more precisely. These pesticides and herbicides get into the environment, so any reductions would ultimately help both natural environments and human populations. We all know how much robots have increased manufacturing output while lowering costs and now it seems that robots are poised to do the same for farming.