It’s entirely possible — even probable — that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you’re busy. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn’t happening as we speak.
In fact, you could argue that the period between right now and the arrival of the next Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030 will be as fundamentally transformative to the world of farming as the one that earned “The Father of the Green Revolution,” Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Green Revolution brought smallholder farming into the modern age. Modern seed stocks, industrial fertilizers and mechanized farm tools increased agricultural production across the globe. But that revolution may have also reduced agricultural biodiversity and increased the use of pesticides and herbicides, both of which threatened global food security.
How have things changed since then, and how might they apply to both smallholder and industrial farming?