Sustainable agriculture- a multidisciplinary approach

Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable agriculture refers to the ability of a farm to produce food indefinitely, without causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem. Sustainable agriculture is an equivocal approach and not an arbitrary concept, so there is no one correct universal definition.

Although, Sustainable agriculture” as legally defined in U.S. Code Title 7, Section 3103 means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long term: Satisfy human food and fiber needs.

What are the benefits of Sustainable agriculture?

Sustainable agriculture is a developing practice to expand the earth’s natural resources and conserve the environment. Aside from preserving the earth’s natural resources, sustainable farming helps the environment by reducing soil erosion, keeping water, and maintaining the quality of the soil.

  • Prevents pollution
  • Saves energy for Future
  • Prevents soil erosion
  • Encourages biodiversity
  • Animal-friendly
  • Reduces costs
  • Improves food production with less waste
  • Protecting Against GMOs
  • Sustainable Livestock Management

Why does sustainable agriculture remain a challenge?

Sustainable agriculture has been in practice since the 1980s, but it remains a challenge to adapt sustainable practices to every possible challenge that comes on the way. The significant difficulties include:

  • Land and water issues.
  • Old cultivation techniques, lack of information on marketing, poverty.
  • Degradation of natural resources and environmental matters.
  • Population growth.
  • Inadequate support services.
  • Framework and institutional constraints.
  • Lack of agricultural and rural development policies.


The challenges facing the global food system is to provide safe and nutritious food to growing population which is expected to increasre to 10 billion by 2050.

Top players in this domain in sustainable agriculture

According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, sustainable agriculture must meet the principle needs of present and future generations, while ensuring profitability, environmental health, social and economic equity and taking care of unprecedented challenges.

New trends and technologies in agro-industry create a competitive business landscape within both the startup and corporate spheres. Some of the top startups in sustainable agriculture in India and around the world.

Top players in this domain in sustainable agriculture

Sustainable agriculture

Integrated farming and sustainable farming: Major innovation hubs, innovation years

The approach for eco-friendly and healthy food production could have a different meaning depending on the country in which a farmer or company operates, and is met via various models. Integrated farming considered one of the approach for sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is more ecofriendly does not promote the exclusive use of biological cultivation and pest control methods and at the same time allows the use of chemical inputs according to the tolerance threshold of crops.

  • Soil and Water Sensors
  • Weather Tracking
  • Greens fed on rainbow waste
  • Satellite Imaging
  • Bee vectoring technologies
  • Precision agriculture
  • Indoor vertical farming
  • Livestock farming technology
  • Farm automation
  • Real-time kinematic (rtk) technology
  • Minichromosome technology
  • Farm management software
  • Water management technology

The growing number of sustainable agriculture companies throughout the years

Sustainability and Intellectual property right

Intellectual property rights are conceived as a tool to reward innovators and creators for their contributions to society for a statutory period. From a broad sustainable development viewpoint, intellectual property (IP) might relate to several aspects of a country’s social and economic development. Its impact can be felt in industrial, health, education, nutrition, biodiversity and cultural policies.

Many and varied impacts of agricultural practices on the world’s climate and the impact of food loss and waste have resulted in a wide array of farming innovations. Key focus of these innovation have been on reducing food wastage, effect on climate

How can MCRPL support customers in this domain?

MCRPL is a 20-year-old company undertaking all prior art searches, including scientific and technical information.

Agricultural research is one of our focuses with searches relating to Sustainable agriculture focusing on the main components such as the use of bio-pesticides, bio-stimulants, biological formulations and genetically modified technologies without using any physical or chemical methods to treat plants against viral, fungal, bacterial, insect causing diseases and to stimulate their physical traits against various environmental factors, build resistance against pest or conditions and to increase the crop’s yield and end product value.

Types of Services

Patentability searches on a volume of ~5k published patent and non-patent literatures

Landscape searches for around 50k patents on various projects:

  1. Biological Formulations
  2. Cultivation, processing and storage of Specific Crops

iii.Production of protein from waste materials, Alternative foods from Mushrooms etc.

Grouping of technology based projects on a weekly basis for around 80k patent records per year under

Plant Biotech

Crop Protection

Crop Enhancement


Professional Solutions

Digital Agriculture


Sequence searches

Product searches – Novel proteins, Alternative foods Product searches

Plant Breeders Rights /variety rights and US Plant patents were analyzed for ~2K patents for a new variety of plant

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