Digitally ‘Printed’ Fields Can Benefit Farms + Environment

algorythm printed crops

If the idea of computer-generated farming reminds you of an early cyberpunk novel, then you’re as skeptical as we are. But one designer has attempted to do just this, using what he calls precision farming.

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UK-based designer Benedikt Groß has come up with algorithmic models to plant a variety of crops within close quarters. His goal is to create better harmony between plant and animal life. Planting one solitary crop has historically leaved the field vulnerable to pests, who could potentially wipe out an entire yield. The algorithm model prevents this, as well as uses sustainable practices.

printed crops

While not a completely new idea (combination farming has been done for centuries to improve soil quality), the employment of technological computer models is pretty original. Groß has refined his vision enough to put a smiley face in the middle of a piece of land he plotted last spring.

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See more in Earth & Nature or under Science. July, 2013.