Food for Thought
Thomas Böck sums up an extraordinary fiscal year and takes a look ahead.
Our actions leave a trace – our footprint. In ecological terms, our footprint should remain as small as possible. By contrast, our agricultural equipment activities should be as sustainable as possible – our impact. We are looking far beyond the bounds of mechanical engineering and cooperating with scientists and technology leaders to allow farmers to increase their yields with methods that are increasingly more environmentally friendly.
The 2020 pandemic showed how sensitive supply chains for commodities, packaging, and even finished products can be. Nevertheless, it was still possible to avert global shortages.
Farmers, retailers, and food producers are ever more closely connected thanks to millions of data points, creating more transparency and enhancing supply security.
The global food industry generated sales of roughly 6,632 billion euros in 2020 – twice as much as the entire automotive industry.
More than 800 million people all over the world contribute to securing our food supply. Now, one farmer can feed 155 people worldwide, thanks in part to modern technology. A century ago, one farmer could only feed four.
Studies show that 100 billion U.S. dollars will be invested in agricultural research between now and 2050.
For millennia, agriculture has formed a vital connection between humans and nature, and it remains so today. The difference is that numerous links have been added to the equation. Intrepid farmers, state-of-the-art agricultural equipment, and massive data streams are all doing their part. As a technology leader, CLAAS is a player in this web of connections and continues to move towards digitalized farming – always for the benefit of its customers. The latest Annual Report is therefore dedicated to unearthing the links that tie agriculture together.
The DataConnect interface is opening up more possibilities to use data and is a unique partnership in the industry.