R Jay wrote:
Then there is computer numerical control....
This is an awesome device. I would never use it in a million years though. Why?
By the time you finished setting it up, programming parameters, troubleshooting, etc, you would have missed the entire growing season.
How cost feasible are these devices on a larger scale? Who fixes them when they break? How sturdy and weatherproof are they? Can they withstand mother nature?
I think it's great techie innovation at work here, just not a practical solution, when all it really takes is putting your own hands in the dirt and adding some water.
Now, saying that, these ideas are probably great for "big ag". It would make sense for them, but let's remember why we have so many issues with "big ag".
Isn't this how our food system began it's downward spiral? I firmly believe that while many agriculture advances have benefitted the entire world, we managed to screw it up for money.
Agriculture started as a perfect system using nature's cycles. Now, it's a machine with formulas and bottom lines. What happened to the 💓?
I do support permaculture in any way, so if this is part of it, then I guess I should be more supportive. This device would be great work a handicapped person. Or someone who has lost their mobility.
There can always be a benefit from this technology, the problem seems to be when humans get greedy because of the technology.