We need to rethink the way we produce and harvest our food.
70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon is due to cattle ranching. Based on these figures, that would mean a loss of land the size of Washington State. Brazil is the world’s leading exporter of beef. The United States is the world’s leading producer of ethanol and Brazil is second. Combined, the United States’ and Brazil’s production of ethanol attributed to 87.1% of global production. As a nation we use an estimated 97 million acres of land and 5.6 cubic miles per year of irrigation water (which is taken from our rivers and aquifers) for cattle ranching. We spend billions of dollars on fertilizer and transportation of food. At the same time there are many areas in the country, which are considered food deserts, where it is hard to buy affordable and good-quality food.
With technological advancements and the creation of the Internet of Things platform, we can develop modernized agricultural systems. Urban farms are on the rise and more people eat more consciously either reducing or cutting out meat. With technological advancements we are finding new, healthier, more humane, and environmentally sustainable ways to grow crops and produce meat. This eliminates our need for corn, fertilizers, major water consumption for the meat industry and will save billions of dollars annually.