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Soon robotic smart tractors will drive themselves through fields and will use data to plant the right seed in the right place and give each plant exactly the right amount of fertilizer, cutting down on energy, pollution and waste. (Shutterstock)

3 technologies poised to change food and the planet

Year round local food production is within our grasp, and will slash agriculture’s climate impact — but only if we embrace agricultural technology.
A barn swallow scoops an insect from the pond’s surface. Richard Seeley/Shutterstock

Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond

Ponds create ‘insect chimneys’ which are a boon for hungry farmland birds.
About two-thirds of Australia’s strawberries are grown on the fringes of Melbourne and Brisbane. Xavier La Canna/AAP

To protect fresh food supplies, here are the key steps to secure city foodbowls

City fringe foodbowls supply much of our fresh produce and can increase climate resilience by making better use of wastewater and organic waste. A new roadmap outlines how to protect these foodbowls.

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