Friday, February 10, 2012

Solve for X Talk: Agricultural Productivity by Daphne Preuss

Agriculture is about 10% of world GDP and its productivity has only gone up about a factor 5 in the past 3000 years. There is evidence that good decision support tools and better data aggregation, analytics, and distribution to farmers around the world (on devices they already have even in the developing world) could jump world agricultural productivity forward. Imagine. For what might be as little as a million hours of work, that we could feed the planet much better and have world GDP tick up measurably.

Daphne Preuss founded Chromatin, Inc., a developer of renewable energy crop feedstocks. She founded Chromatin after inventing synthetic biology technology that enables rapid improvements of crop characteristics.

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