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EFITA newsletter / 924 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Will Covid-19 make us more European? By Gabriel Waksman
Eco-fundamentalism, Governance, Precautionary principle, Risk school, Risk-monger… COVID-19: A Failure in Risk Management, by Risk-Monger on March 20, 2020
When a train crashes, authorities are on the scene to determine the cause. The COVID-19 coronavirus is fast becoming a global train wreck and unless we quickly assess the mistakes leading up to this tragedy, more trains will pile into the station.
The longer the Risk-Monger gets in the tooth, the more global mass panic events he has witnessed. Every crisis is a learning opportunity and as I had written in mid-February, COVID-19, the Wuhan-originated coronavirus, has created a rich pedagogic environment. Lessons are, unsurprisingly, being learnt the hard way with more mistakes sending the public health situation deeper into disaster. Worse, as our communications methods move from an expert-based model to a bottom-up citizen-based community model, our friends on social media become our main source of information.
Good old days (?????): Les travailleurs aux champs, par Camille Pissarro (1896 - 1897)
Cultivating Agtech Leadership for Established Row Crop Leaders
The wave of agtech has frequently been reported. Investor and entrepreneur visions for disruptive on-farm and transactional products and services are easily discovered. Not so commonly available, and in our view as the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program, one of the drags on successful agtech innovation is the under-representation of the producers’ voice.
59: Agri-Tech Innovation with Vonnie Estes, PMA’s VP of Technology
5 Things Vonnie Estes Saw at World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit This Week in San Francisco
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit has exploded in attendance and scope over the years I’ve attended. This year over 1,200 eager attendees and a multitude of star-studded panels met in San Francisco, almost doubling attendance in 2018.
Deep learning: Artificial brains for hire
Robovision develops and hires out artificial ‘brains’. These make it very easy for companies to automate complex production systems and machinery, such as a combine harvester. We spoke to Jonathan Berte, the (human!) brain behind the Belgian company Robovision.
N-Drip provides alternative to flood irrigation
N-Drip combines flood irrigation with the high yields and precision of conventional drip systems
Crop productivity estimated in real time
Scientists have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time.
Good old days (?????): Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (after Millet), , by Vincent van Gogh - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy – ISAC : rejet de l'article du Pr. Raoult
ISAC shares the concerns regarding the above article published recently in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (IJAA). The ISAC Board believes the article does not meet the Society’s expected standard, especially relating to the lack of better explanations of the inclusion criteria and the triage of patients to ensure patient safety.
What our leaders can do now, by Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2015, I urged world leaders in a TED talk to prepare for a pandemic the same way they prepare for war—by running simulations to find the cracks in the system. As we’ve seen this year, we have a long way to go. But I still believe that if we make the right decisions now, informed by science, data, and experience of medical professionals, we can save lives and get the country back to work.
See Bill Gates
The next outbreak? We're not ready (2015)
See Bill Gates
Good old days (?????): Peasant Woman Cutting Straw, after Millet, by Vincent van Gogh - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
An open-source respirator for 40 Euros – from a 3D printer
Tom Hanks actor
Tom Hanks survived 4 years on an island as a castaway.
He spent a year in an airport without being able to leave
Caught AIDS in Philadelphia.
He was in World War II ad rescued Private Ryan.
He went to Vietnam and rescued Lieutenant Dan.
Was on a boat kidnapped by Somali pirates
Survived Apollo 13 trying to reach the Moon.
Landed a Boeing on the Hudson River.
If that son of a bitch dies of coronavirus, we are ALL screwed!!!
Good old days (?????): The Diggers by Jean-Francois Millet, c. 1850-55
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