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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 31 March 2014

EFITA newsletter / 643 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

A thought for today
Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back. - Steven Wright

A follow up on the joke of last week.
At my mum and dads silver wedding my mum gave a speech for my dad. Among other sharp remarks was this one:
You are a man of few words – but you use them quite often!
Contact : Morten Dam Rasmussen
Email: mdr(a)

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Les Capteurs en Agriculture : toutes les nouveautés !
18 avril 2014 - Agri-Naples, 43-45 rue de Naples, 75008 PARIS
Voir :
Contacts : Jean-Pierre CHANET (AFIA) et Benoit DE SOLAN (UMT CAPTE)
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a)irstea.f, benoit.desolan(a)

CIGR AgEng 2016 conference
2 - 6 June 2016 – AARHUS (DK)
Contact: Morten Dam Rasmussen
Email: mdr(a)

EFITA 2013
24-27 June 2013 - TURIN

EFITA 2013: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT innovation

> Scientific program

> Poster session

> The acts of the EFITA2013 congress


Contact: Prof. Remigio BERRUTO
E-mail: remigio.berruto(a)

Applied Mythology
What if much that you think you know about agriculture, farming and food isn't actually true? What if there are "myths" that have been intentionally and mostly unintentionally spread about these issues? What if the truth about these issues matters for the future of humanity? That is what this blog is about.
Contact : Steve SAVAGE

No-Till Could Ease Irrigation Woes
There have been many articles published about the dilemma facing growers in the Great Plains when it comes to irrigation. The challenge growers and decision makers face in preserving aquifers for agricultural use, without allowing them to be drained to unsustainable levels, is daunting.

These issues were brought front and center again this week at the Great Plains Irrigation Conference in Burlington, Colo., where researchers from two universities and the federal government filed a 24-page report about the future of irrigation in the Plains states.

Greatly increased irrigation efficiency and recharge from rivers has improved the picture in Nebraska for the High Plains Aquifer, the main source of irrigation water in the region. But the outlook is less…

How agriculture is changing with the net?
Voir :

The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (Ramez Naam)
Climate change. Finite fossil fuels. Fresh water depletion. Rising commodity prices. Ocean acidification. Overpopulation. Deforestation. Feeding the world's billions.

We're beset by an array of natural resource and environmental challenges. They pose a tremendous risk to human prosperity, to world peace, and to the planet itself.

Yet, if we act, these problems are addressable. Throughout history we've overcome similar problems, but only when we've focused our energies on innovation. For the most valuable resource we have isn't oil, water, gold, or land - it's our stockpile of useful ideas, and our continually growing capacity to expand them.

In this remarkable book, Ramez Naam charts a course to supercharge innovation - by changing the rules of our economy - that can lead the whole world to greater wealth and human well-being, even as we dodge looming resource crunches and environmental disasters and reduce our impact on the planet.

From solar power to desalination, from next generation crops to next generation batteries, from technologies that could scrub carbon from our skies to those that could turn our garbage dumps into piles of valuable resources - solutions are possible: But only if we invest in innovation, and only if we put the right incentives in place around the globe. This book shows the scope of the problems, the landscape of the solutions, and policy changes we need to make to bring those solutions to fruition.

The Evidence on GMO Safety (Ramez Naam)

General Mills Turns To 'Raja Of The Country Of World Peace' To Certify Its Costlier, Non-GMO Cheerios
Comparing the labels of the original to the reformulated versions reveals the following facts. Original Cheerios provided 25% of the Daily Value of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) but the non-GMO version has only 2%. Cheerios original had 0% saturated fat and now Cheerios non-GMO has 3% saturated fat. Original Grape Nuts provided substantial Vitamins A, D, B12 and Riboflavin, but non-GMO Grape Nuts has zeroVitamin A, D and B12, and only 4% of Riboflavin, down from 25% in the original formulation.
(…) Moreover, a 24-ounce box of Grape Nuts, in its reformulation, shrank to 20.5 ounces, but kept the same price. It will be illuminating to see if consumers, even loyal ones, will be happy to pay a 12-15% price increase for a nutritionally inferior product.

Smart AgriMatics 2014

Contribute to Smart AgriMatics 2014 - session on Interoperability and standards for data exchange in agri-food business
18 – 19 June - PARIS
This interactive workshop will focus on the current state of play on standardization, implementation and adoption of standards for the exchange of information between stakeholders in the agri-food supply chain.

The workshop will be divided into two parts:

1. Introduction of standardization and adoption of standards on the current landscape, this is being collected by the ICT-AGRI ERANET (

2. Workshop contributors are requested to add to the challenges and actions to be taken in order to improve the adoption of standards or the development of new standards in the agri-food chain.

Special focus is on the processes and data exchange between the Farm Management Information System (FMIS) at the farmer’s side and information systems of other stakeholders in the supply chain. The session is targeting to all agri-food stakeholders along the supply chain; from farmer to retailer and ICT system/software/service providers.

Experts are invited to contribute to this workshop. Contributions cover at least one of the following topics:

- Motivation and state of the art in the adoption of ICT standards to support data exchange between information systems of agri-food stakeholders.

- Potential actions and motivation for further development and adoption of existing or new ICT standards for data exchange in the agri-food chain.

- Specific standards and the current adoption for data exchange between the FMIS and information systems at other stakeholders in the supply chain.

If you want to contribute, then send a half page description of the usage and adoption of ICT standards in the agri-food chain to with the subject “Contribution to session 4.2 on Interoperability for Data Exchange” before the 15th of April, or contact one of the organizers directly.

We had a power outage at my house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad & my new surround sound music system were all shut down.

Then I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat and to top it off it was raining outside, so I couldn't play golf.

I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a few hours.

She seems like a nice person...

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