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BrightBytes: A business take on new farming technology

“Houston, we have a harvest!”

The film The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir, has captivated audiences across the world since its premiere in 2015.

Why we should keep a close eye on vertical farming trends

A few months ago, I wrote about Zero Carbon Food, an urban, vertical farming initiative in London using hydroponic systems and LED technology in an old World War II bomb shelter where they harvest up to 20 000kg of greens a year.

How a Fitbit for cows can change dairy farms for the better

Wearable technology like the Fitbit is all the rage amongst tech-savvy fitness fanatics these days, and if a small Pakistani tech firm has its way, something similar may soon take the livestock farming sector by storm.

Watch out – the Fourth Industrial Revolution is coming for you!

I followed the World Economic Forum’s recent 2016 Annual Meeting in Davos closely because of the main theme of this year’s gathering: The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Why precision farming is here to stay

To date, I’ve written about many technological marvels that are changing the agricultural landscape bit by bit – from drones, to cloud computing and renewable energy, from water optimisation to virtual fencing.

Can we invent our way out of this drought?

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos once said one of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent a way out, and when I think of tight boxes in this context, I can’t help but think of the drought we’re experiencing at the moment.

The next food revolution: underground urban farming?

As apocalyptic as it sounds, a very successful underground farming initiative has seen the light of day (mind the pun) 33m under the busy streets of Clapham in London.

How virtual reality is going to change the world as we know it

All over the world, techies are counting down the days to the 2016 launch of the Oculus Rift, a portable, user-friendly virtual reality (VR) headset that is expected to bring VR technology into the mainstream.

Look up to the clouds for your administrative solutions

A few minor tweaks can always save a lot of time, money and effort. And it’s not just about changing the way we physically do some of the things on our farms, but also the way we use our computers and the Internet.

Wanted: more technology to protect our livestock from rogue lions

Recent headlines about a rogue lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park got me thinking about livestock predation faced by many farmers around the country.

SA’s looming water crisis: why we should be concerned

The recent round of load shedding has once again put Eskom’s lack of capacity and crumbling infrastructure in the spotlight.

Let’s join the renewable energy bandwagon

With the latest spate of load shedding on everyone’s lips, I once again realised it’s a crying shame that we don’t harness sunny and windy South Africa’s potential to be a leader in this field.

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