Agricultural businesses are also using mobile technology to cut costs and increase production. Fifty-nine percent of farmers use a smartphone, and 44 percent use a tablet computer. Many farms and vineyards now have solar-powered remote weather sensors to give farmers constant data. They can warn growers when bad weather is coming and control irrigation, like the tools for home gardeners. Growers can also use apps to view work orders, fertilizer and irrigation programs, and other information from anywhere. Check out these facts to learn more about how farmers and gardeners are using mobile technology to grow better.
The (NGA) or National Gardening Association reported that between 2008 and 2013, 17 percent more people (a whopping 42 million households) grew food in home or community gardens. The number of millennial gardeners increased by 63 percent (from 8 million to 13 million) during that period! And Garden Media Group (a garden marketing firm) reported that young men now spend $100 more per year on plants and garden products than the average consumer.
Do you find that even when you go out to eat, you want to be able to order the type of food that you'd produce yourself? Aren't you craving local and fresh? Restaurant cleanliness, food production, organics, GMO's and antibiotics matter a great deal. My own observation is that millennials are completely changing the food scene starting with shopping patterns and habits.
We have less brand loyalty, avoid processed foods and pay close attention to source and nutrition. We'll even take a drive to find quality and organic jams, cheese, bread, honey. We join CSA's. We're on the lookout for organic farms. We ask about pesticides and sprays. We want to feed our children, our pets and ourselves the best food possible.
Do you agree? Do you garden? Do you grow? Do you care where your food comes from?