FarmCloud has been selected for the Greentech challenge programme as well as for the Climate KIC Live Pitch which took place in March and April in Lisbon.
The presence of FarmCloud in these two events demonstrates the commitment of our team to contribute to a better world, making use of the solution that we continuously develop with the aim of optimizing confined animal production; improving animal welfare, but also reducing the impact of these activities on the use of the Earth’s natural resources.
In a study carried out by the united nations to understand the agriculture and animal production impact on land and water use, it’s possible to understand how critical it is our work.
Nearly one-third of the world’s 14 billion hectares of cultivated land is used to grow animal feed. If we also count the crop by-products that also go into feed, such as straw and seedcake from soybeans, rape or grapes, three-quarters of all cropland is used to produce animal feed in some way. And in this major study conducted by the United Nations on agricultural development estimates that livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land.
The biggest water user and the main cause of the global water crisis is agriculture. It consumes 70 percent of the world’s available freshwater, while households (10 percent) and industry (20 percent) make do with a lot less. One-third of agriculture’s share goes into raising livestock. This is not because cows, pigs, and chickens are especially thirsty, it is because they consume water indirectly, as feed.
This is the impact of livestock on the use of soil and water, but livestock is also responsible for about 40% of the methane and 90% of the ammonia emissions.
You can learn more about each of these programs on the following links: