First in a series defining commonly used concepts and phrases relating to modern agriculture.
Strained by growing populations, shrinking farms and climate challenges, the world must embrace a modernized agricultural system in order to improve productivity amidst the challenges. Traditional farming methods, such as monocropping (planting fields with the same crop year after year) have proven unproductive. This method decreases plant and insect biodiversity as well as soil health. Use of dated chemicals in excess has also caused problems with leaching and harm to biodiversity.
Enko encourages regenerative agricultural practices in order to boost ecological, social, and economic health. Regenerative agriculture is a pre-industrial land management technique that was originally implemented by Indigenous communities. It is primarily focused on healthy soil practices that benefit the entire ecosystem, proving that a healthy environment is built from the ground up. Below are some of the main techniques that are used in regenerative ag.
40 percent of crops grown today are negatively impacted by fungus, insects, and weeds. Using regenerative techniques in concert with targeted applications of pesticides using traditional equipment, drones, and/or smart tractors, is one way to help agriculture fully maximize yields while maintaining ecologically sound practices.
Enko’s pesticides and herbicides are prescreened using AI techniques to ensure that they will specifically target the weed or pest without harming beneficials and the surrounding environment. This interconnected system is the healthiest and most efficient way to provide enough food for the planet.
In our last 101 blog we talked about the key tenets of regenerative ag which include building back healthy soil. But what does healthy soil really mean?
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Enko collaborate on novel crop protection.