A fully functional food industry remains a vital part of any modern economy. Not only does it sustain countless jobs, it also keeps us sustained with food to put on our plates. If the cogs stop turning, we stop eating. It’s that simple! The food industry has faced its fair share of challenges in recent years. Wage issues and labour shortages have dominated the world, often leaving this labor-intensive industry with more product than it can pack. Food is being wasted, and so is time and money. When you think of modern advances in technology, electric cars and drones and connected devices are likely the first things to come to mind. Yet without fail, the food industry is fast catching up as it transitions to a connected, automated future to pick, pack, and produce food.
So today we’re taking a look back at the year that was and exploring some of the latest advances within the food industry that are automating manual processes, increasing efficiency, and creating safer working environments in the process. Food production started from the phase of completely immersed human labour to machine oriented labour that we are now, we now have different technology that have helped to harness production of food and have made food production easier for both the producer and the processor. The impact of advance technology for food production in the year 2021 cannot be over emphasized, however many have argued that advance technology would reduce the rate at which job seekers are opportuned to get jobs especially in the food production sector, for example; a company that uses about 5 staff to manually feed their chickens and distribute their feeds, if that type of a company decides to get a high-tech automated feeder then, the staff would have to be done away with and this means that the technology has increased the rate of unemployment. Looking at the other benefit of technology and how enormous it benefit is, we can easily conclude that it is more beneficial than it is harmful.
The population of the world kept on increasing and with the rate of it increase faster means and mode of food production is needed to combat hunger, sustainable development goal two stated one of her aim to achieve Zero Hunger, to achieve this aim efficient technology is highly needed with skilled human power. Advance technology included the generation of the 5G network, improved and sensor selfless driving tractors, controlled and sensor mini backyard tractors, all this advance technology has helped to create a greater influence on the food production arena. Food remains one of the major needs of man as it count as the lead on the three centered basic needs of man, everyone needs to eat and eat good food. Good food emanate from mindful producers, mindful producers are farmers that are conscious of the method used for producing food.
Smoothie Making Robots
A company named Blendit introduced its second fully autonomous smoothie vending machine operated by robots. The Robotic kiosk makes custom-blended smoothies to order, with the ability to make nine smoothies simultaneously and pump out 45 drinks per hour. Orders are placed by a mobile app or via tablets at the kiosk and made in under two minutes. A combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics allows the autonomous robot kiosks to deliver on-demand, consistent tasting smoothies to customers. The only human interaction required is in the managing of inventory. Machine learning allows Blendit robots to track ingredients for each smoothie, and even adjust the recipe accordingly to the preference of the customer for next time based on their feedback.
Software for Modern Orchard Management
There have been many emerging software that help farm leaders to collect, describe, and provide further information on rice fields or gardens and related products. These software are equipped with weather-sensing, providing data making it easier for farmers to make decisions throughout the season.
Foreseeing outputs, as well as conducting real-time field monitoring, to observe a variety of threats with satellite data in service has never been so easy. The sensors can give imagery in various spectra, allowing for the application of numerous spectral indices, such as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). NDVI enables the detection of vegetation content, the amount of wilting plants, and overall plant health.