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Precision Farming Gains Global Foothold (Op-Ed)

Indeed, each second the world's population grows by two more people, and by 2050, food production must increase by at least 70 percent to keep pace.
Unfortunately, about half of the world's food is never consumed due to inefficiencies in the harvesting, storage and delivery of crops. Even in developed nations, about 30 percent of purchased food ends up going to waste, and supply-chain inefficiencies only exacerbate the problem.
Certainly, weather-related events — like the current and long-lasting drought in portions of the U.S. — add further complexity to the science of farming, as resultant crop damage, food supply shortages and rising commodities prices frequently illustrate.

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