Could Agtech play a key role in national security? Enter AgriFORCE.
The security of a state is one of its most essential functions. The government is responsible for keeping its residents safe and protecting them from all kinds of threats. Most often, this is associated with the armed forces or various law enforcement agencies.
But as critical as these organizations are, the safety and security of the country’s food supply is perhaps also critical to the security of its population.
After the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world and, more recently, the invasion of Ukraine, the precarious nature of the global and domestic food supply has been on full display. Disruptions in production and distribution have led to food shortages around the world and at home. This was felt strongly by many Americans as their weekly grocery bills skyrocketed. As a result, over the past few weeks and months, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has placed greater emphasis on how to effectively strengthen the country’s food security.
Some climate models show that almost a third of the world’s current agricultural land will be unusable by the end of the century, a terrifying possibility with disastrous consequences for security around the world and here at home. Today, 283 million people are food insecure and 45 million are on the brink of starvation. Global food insecurity is a major destabilizing force. Like Catherine Bertini, former director of the UN World Food Program says: “We can only imagine how even more devastating this is going to be. The risk we face is unprecedented.
This led the USDA to think outside the box. How can the United States ensure food security for all of its people, avert future food shortages, and bring food prices back from the extremes seen today?
The answer may be two-fold: using state-of-the-art technology and localizing production.
Dependence on global supply means that the United States depends on other countries for its security. This was clearly demonstrated by the war in Ukraine. The country is one of the largest food exporters in the world, and the United States previously relied heavily on Russia for fertilizers. If the United States can increase its own food production and the inputs necessary for its growth, the country has fewer stakes when events occur outside its borders.
AgriForce Growing Systems Ltd. IGA is a company that claims to have helped develop technology to help American growers do just that. The company says it seeks to reinvent, from the ground up, how America’s food systems work. The legacy systems in place are rife with vulnerabilities and points of failure, making its transformation a national security issue, according to the company.
One of the company’s innovations helps protect crops against mold and other contaminants, a major threat to food production. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that up to 25% of the world’s crops are affected by mold and while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an American out of 6 gets sick each year from foodborne bacteria. AgriFORCE recently entered into a licensing agreement with a company that has developed an innovative way to sterilize growing surfaces, keep greenhouses free of harmful compounds and radically combat food contamination.
This solution, known as Radical Clean Solutions (RCS), harnesses the power of hydroxyl radicals, molecules that already keep the earth’s atmosphere free of many harmful compounds. They attack all sorts of organic compounds, such as molds, which are harmful to plant growth but do not contaminate the plants themselves. AgriForce’s RCS enables efficient and human-safe management of growing environments.
These should also be integrated into the AgriForce GrowHouses. These GrowHouses are purpose-built facilities that use many of AgriForce’s advanced technologies to create bountiful hydroponic growing environments that can be built anywhere in the world. Plus, they don’t depend on toxic pesticides or fertilizers to function.
AgriForce is not the only player in the sector. Competitors like AgJunction Inc. AJXGF and Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. BEVVF abound, but AgriFORCE believes it has an edge with its unconventional thinking and proven track record. If you want to know more, check out https://profiles.smallcapsdaily.com/agri/.
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