Nutrient density – Part 3
It’s time for your report on the Farm of the Future. I am Tim Hammerich.
The average American spends more than five hours a day on their smartphone, using apps for everything from health to socializing to work. The founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, Dan Kittredge, hopes to develop another use of this technology, by measuring the density of nutrients.
Kittredge… “The final concept of the game, being that in your smartphone one of the cameras is a spectrometer and you can take a picture of the beef or the milk or the rice or the carrot and get a real-time reading, not a QR. Um, real-time reading, real-time nutrient level assessment.
This technology already exists as a portable device and if used more widely it could inform not only consumer purchasing decisions but also farmers’ decisions.
Kittredge… “In general, we are going to be able to engage in a much more intelligent, sensitive and proactive way with nature. So one thing is we get the feedback. It’s in real time. And so, with the metadata that we have on management and causal factors, we may be able to turn on a light on the corn plant as it grows and say, oh, it looks like we need to. of two grams of cobalt applied per acre as a foliar spray, the B12 levels are not quite there. Thus, this ability to in real time, modulator, fertility and management practices for producers will be. Avoiding the need for most of the agrochemicals I suggest will maximize soil carbon functional construction and ecosystem function. So I think, you know, that the advisability of realizing that the division of agriculture in Virginia is a systemic solution to climate dynamics becomes much more plausible. “
The ability to make real-time decisions along the food supply chain could certainly shape the future of agriculture.