Climate change

Robots and insects: The farming answer to climate change

Anna Varle

BBC News Online


Farming leaders in Devon say it's time for agriculture to be recognised as part of the solution to climate change - not the problem.

A report by the Committee on Climate Change says the industry needs to make major changes to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2050.

But researchers involved in a multi-million pound project say they're already looking at a number of innovative ways to do this, including using robotics to harvest crops and farming insects to feed animals and humans


Professor David Hosken, a researcher at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus, is investigating the use of crickets to feed animals and people.

The ultimate aim of the project is to provide a protein source that has low environmental impact...I think it could be massive, actually. In 50 years time, I'll be surprised if large proportions of our protein intake are not supplied by insects."

Professor David HoskenUniversity of Exeter
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