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Smart Agriculture

Smart Agriculture

Through innovative solutions, smart technologies are helping to ensure that food is produced, packaged and transported sustainably. From field to plate, we can sense a greener future already.

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Food waste in agriculture is thought to be attributed to a few different causes, including unexpected changes in consumer demand, poor or unpredictable weather and labour shortage. But how can Bosch help to fix this and why should we?

Aerial photo of Bosch Farm (1935)

Robert Bosch always had a close affinity with nature and took a keen interest in agriculture. Therefore, the Bosch farm opened, purchasing modern agricultural machinery and marketing the farm’s produce directly around Munich’s outskirts. He wanted to apply the principles that governed his industrial projects to his agricultural activities. In 1976, the decision was made to cease agricultural work.

"One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, and in the UK over £10bn worth of food is thrown away by households every year”

Neil Parish - Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

However, today Bosch has started to play an active role in the agricultural sector once again through smart technology. This helps farmers increase their yields and reduce waste whilst also improves the quality and sustainability of the food produced.

Annually, 7.3 tonnes of food is wasted in the UK alone. Bosch’s connected technology can help farmers reduce waste by aiding them in the production of high quality food. This contributes to Bosch’s aim of developing innovations that improve the quality of lives through sustainable living.

With 2.3 billion people joining the planet by 2050, we will require a 60-70% increase in global food production.

Agriculture is becoming more sustainable and efficient due to smart technology. Farmers can now use sensors to keep their crops healthier and to determine the perfect time for harvesting, consulting apps to measure soil temperature and check live weather forecasts.

For example, the sensor system from Bosch start-up Deepfield Connect enables fruit growers to monitor their fields anytime, anywhere with their smartphone. This allows them to react to temperature fluctuations, a change of humidity in the air or soil which prevents the harvest from being damaged.

This means quality fruit, with a higher yield and far less waste!

Read more stories about smart agriculture in the global articles below.

The History of Robert Bosch: The Man - Nature lover, hunter, and farmer

As early as his apprenticeship years in Ulm, Robert Bosch honed his shooting skills using a Flobert rifle bought and paid for with his own pocket money. However, with sparrows the only quarry in his sights at this early stage, it would take another 20 years and more before he became a “real” hunter.

More sleep for growers: Bosch helps optimise the strawberry crop

Lower costs, less frequent frost damage, higher yields — this is the benefit of farmer Martin Bauer, since he uses the new sensor system from Deepfield Robotics. It tracks soil moisture as well as humidity and temperature and he receives the data by smartphone.

World Food Day 2017: From field to plate

Each year, approximately 4 billion metric tons of food are produced worldwide. But how much do people actually consume? Answer: just two-thirds of it.

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