The Powerful Potential of AI in Agriculture - with Poornima Parameswaran

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So we can hop right in and talk about this kind of core business problem of kind of soil quality and understanding that informs today. Maybe you could talk about the business value there and how and why it's done because i think it's new for a lot of the listeners. Shar dan Today when people typically think about farming and farmers they think about another person farming and think about the crops. Everything that's above ground. Nobody really things or considers the land the soil on which the crops are grown. That's really not in your visual when you think about farming and yet you know. The state of the world is such that if we continue to farm the waiver farming soil and land today remember not just farming proxima farming crops and soil and land. There's only sixty cycles left of cropping left on the land on earth today so that essentially another way of saying it as over two thirds of the land. Today is completely degraded berry degraded to the point where we're not. We're not going to be able to meet our demands for food. Fiber fuel remembers largest. Food is also fiber. So that's really the biggest problem were faced with as a planet it's not just for our startup is for everyone out. That's the biggest problem. How do you cheated. Grove wood fiber and fuel with the resources that we have today while continuing to meet the demands of our growing populations. And that's really where the soil piece comes in. Is you look at everything. That's being done today to farm. There's so much fertilizer that goes into farming rape there are some of the stats out. There are staggering. There's two hundred million tons of fertilizer that are being used today or farming but growing our coroner are even almonds grapes. You know anything that you'd think of this food game from mando is treated with fertilizer at some point and we don't need all that for license plans do need all of that fertilizer back. I'd say over a third to half of that. Fertilizer is not taken up by plants. It's run off into waters so it causes water pollution it causes air degradation goes back to the atmosphere and it causes. Soil degradation right. And so there's this whole concept of overuse that's resulting in seoul declaration. There is also the area where crops have diseases to plans. Have diseases stu and one of the number one tools that armor is really have in their toolkit to fight. Diseases are pesticides. Nobody here about pesticides all the time for farming and typically people think of it in a negative connotation. Oh it's killing bees. It's killing butterfly on bright and it's causing social degradation but farmers really do need it like. It is a key tool joke if diseases if we can help them better understand. What's in their soils. That can place these fertilizers and pesticides in the right acres for the right indications that the right risk mitigation scenarios bats really where data in intelligence content. What is that land telling you. What is that soil telling you before you go into front that crop. That's really where did on intelligence about soil is so critical today and it's so exciting like all. The technologies are sciences. Where technology is today. That's where we are at that next like we are at the frontier where we can bring. All of. this is in this technology today together to be able to unlock the power of soil to be able to provide this intelligence to our farmers so that they can make better decisions. Not tomorrow but today

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