1 year ago
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5 Jun 16’
SELF-MILKING COWS DESTROY AGRI-LABOUR MARKET?
It looks like the march of technology is set to continue the “disruption” of our world today and a Swedish-Australian collaboration seems to certainly fit that trend: long-gone are the days of early morning milking calls! FutureDairy does it all for you, as the cows amble in to a circular yard to be milked by a robot, recieving a food reward for their troubles.
Farming innovations are no new thing: the combine harvester does the work of many many people, the humble tractor the work of dozens. Other farming innovations like those offered by Climate Corp make the application of technology more accurate and efficient. From ploughs to drones, the agriculture industry has a long history of innovation.
It’s worth remembering the human cost associated with the introduction of technology. Nearly 650 million people in India are employed in the agriculture sector. That’s 50% of the population. FutureDairy and their ilk looks set to reduce the number of people required to farm effectively and the implications for the world’s rural communities are stark.
The human implication of all of this is clear: despite Australia’s reliance on locally produced food and its economic dependence on agricultural exports, the number of small- and medium-sized farmers living off the land is dwindling rapidly. Rural communities all across Australia are shrinking, along with the ancillary businesses and services – main-street shops, doctors’ surgeries, schools, car dealerships, places of worship, community centres and sporting clubs – that have traditionally served them.
via Transforming the bush: robots, drones and cows that milk themselves | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian
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