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  •  The future is green robots... small, autonomous (0+ / 0-)

    using mechanical or other non-chemical weed control mechanisms directly along with sophisticated crop and weed recognition and GSP and other navigation & positioning tech.

    Small, light, with sensors cameras and even direct remote control as needed. This potential revolution could totally remove Monsanto and Roundup from the herbicide and GMO crop market...

    And such robots if used at all stages of cultivation even lessen the need for plowing since a lot of the reason for plowing is to make up for all the soil compaction from very heavy farm vehicles... more areated soil, more organic activity, less need for fertilizer. less rainfall run off etc.

    In the future Farmers large and small can run fleets of small mobile economical weeders and even monitor close up soil, condition, crop progress plant by plant. They can be running on locally produced solar electric or bio fuels and would be modular and replacement parts and or modifications and upgrades could be produced via 3D printers... and even the source for the 3D printer feedstocks can be from recycled or green sources.

    It would be interesting if this revolution could be seen in 3rd word farming... a local - up revolution with small farmers sharing low cost smart farming robots partially assembled locally and run locally with later generation RaspberryPi style computing with touch screen interfaces (can even be pre-literate or semi literate), ultra low cost solar power... Grameen bank style financing, smart cell phone communication among farmers in a local area, coordinating their plans, activities, shared used of the equipment etc.... it would augment the direct physical labor they would continue to contribute but leveraged with low cost direct tech... And ALL the components will be even cheaper and cost effective than they are now... Carbon nanotube tech for electronics, grown carbon composites for structural components... everything.

    Ground up farming instead of top down Roundup corporations.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:43:49 AM PST

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