Integrating Technologies to Minimize Environmental Impacts
Historically, synthetic agrochemicals have had a central role in increasing yields in agricultural production. Assessment methods and approaches towards monitoring and addressing the environmental impact of the technology were relatively simple. Agricultural production, however, is in a period of rapid transformation. Research and Development companies are transforming their activities to provide a more holistic approach that provides producers with integrated solutions. These approaches encompass biotechnology, synthetic chemistry, biologicals and biopesticides, all disciplines that are integrated with improvements in application technology, digital farming and the use of big data. While these developments may raise new questions, they also provide unique opportunities to reduce potential environmental impacts. This chapter provides an overview of the changes occurring in the agricultural industry and highlights ways in which we might address their effects, while pointing out some of the barriers to adoption of new technologies.