|Photo via agricorner.com|
According to Mish, "The migrant worker agricultural jobs that few legal US citizens are willing to do for the price farmers are willing to pay will vanish within a decade as robots will soon be able to perform even those tasks cheaper."
He cites Time reports Robots to Revolutionize Farming and Ease Labor Woes and Natural News reports Farm robots to make human ag workers obsolete within a decade. And argues Welcome the "Lettuce Bot", the "Grape Bot", the "Strawberry Bot"
According to Time, "On the Salinas Valley farm, entrepreneurs with Mountain View-based startup Blue River Technology are trying to show that the Lettuce Bot can not only replace two dozen workers, but also improve production.
“Using Lettuce Bot can produce more lettuce plants than doing it any other way,” said Jorge Heraud, the company’s co-founder and CEO.
After a lettuce field is planted, growers typically hire a crew of farmworkers who use hoes to remove excess plants to give space for others to grow into full lettuce heads. The Lettuce Bot uses video cameras and visual-recognition software to identify which lettuce plants to eliminate with a squirt of concentrated fertilizer that kills the unwanted buds while enriching the soil.
Blue River, which has raised more than $3 million in venture capital, also plans to develop machines to automate weeding – and eventually harvesting – using many of the same technologies."
This is going to be HUGE but.... Parked at Internet Traffic a commercial realtor is already on LettuceBot.com. Another investor holds StrawberryBot. FarmBot.com is parked and help by yet another investor. But GrapeBot.com was available at the time of this posting.
Boy guys on are onto these things way before they are "things".
Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/farm-robots-to-make-migrant-worker.html#2zqxX9gowGU2JTmu.99