In this longform article, Oula Ghannoum, an Associate Professor in Plant Science at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, talks about the role of technology – from automation to big data – in meeting future challenges to food security and sustainability, across Australia and the world.
As Associate Professor Ghannoum notes, ‘Protected cropping in Australia already incorporates new technological advancements. Ahead, the main challenges for Australia are twofold. (1) Invest in R&D required to adapt new technologies to local conditions and consumers; and (2) shift from users to innovators in this field.
‘Overcoming these challenges has the potential to build resilience in our domestic food supply chain as well as maintain our global competitive edge.’
Source: Protected cropping and resilience of the food supply chain I Open Forum