Feedstock R&D and Innovations

Will Robots Lead the Next Bioplastics Revolution?

Startup Iron Ox is setting up a farm in California that will replace farmers with robots.

The robot is called Angus and it has a machine learning software that allows it to identify and remove plants exhibiting signs of pests or disease before they can infect the whole patch.

Founder, Brandon Alexander, used to be a Google engineer and believes Iron Ox will disrupt the current industrial agriculture model.

The company hopes to be selling robot-grown produce in grocery stores by 2019.The goal is to farm at a lower price than conventional farms.

Brandon Alexander saad:

“Right now fresh produce really isn’t all that fresh. It’s traveling on average 2,000 miles from farm to grocery store, which means a lot of people are eating week-old lettuce or strawberries.”

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  • This may become the future of farming.
  • This will reduce the price of bioplastics feedstock and thus of bioplastics.
  • It will reduce the cost of farming labour, improve cultivation, insecticides may be replaced by drones and robots.