Efita Newsletter / 929, dated May 11, 2020

Efita Newsletter / 929, dated May 11, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 929 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Steven Pinker: 'Who, Me Controversial?'
Controversial? Leftist and optimist and realist = exceptional

Q&A: COVID-19 pandemic – impact on food and agriculture

OECD: COVID-19 and the Food and Agriculture Sector: Issues and Policy Responses

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis that is having devastating impacts on the world economy. How damaging these impacts turn out to be for the food and agriculture sector will depend on policy responses over the short, medium and long term. This brief details some of the major challenges and discusses what policy makers can do to meet them.
See oecd-ilibrary.org

Good old days (?????): The Two Mothers, 1889, by Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899)

Agricultural trading 4.0 – or only hot air? By Dr Christian Bickert

Trading platforms are worth a try. Particularly so for larger farm businesses already equipped with own weighbridge, storage facilities for separated grain qualities and rapid loading plant. For such participants, new business relationships in other regions could certainly be interesting. Whether such an approach would always pay remains to be seen. For farmers, savings in transactions and costs are less important in this respect. After all, it’s just as quick to phone the local trader than to spend time checking tenders placed in the Internet.
See dlg.org

Farm Tech investment up 370% in 6 years. How will Covid-19 impact 2020 trends? By Richard Martyn-Hemphill

Farm Tech startup investment bucked global venture capital markets across sectors by increasing 6.8% year-over-year to $4.7 billion in 2019; some 370% more than in 2013. Farm Tech startups raised that sum across 695 deals with 940 unique investors.

F&A Next Presents Eight ‘Next Heroes in Food- & Agtech 2020’

F&A Next, in cooperation with Foodbytes! by Rabobank, proudly presents the eight most promising startups that have been selected as this year’s ‘Next Heroes in Food- & AgTech’. Next May 13, four FoodTech and four AgTech startups will pitch their innovations during a (free) live webinar of F&A Next to an international audience of agrifood investors, corporates, media and fellow entrepreneurs.
See fanext.com

Monitoring crop emergence during COVID-19 pandemic

What does the COVID-19 pandemic mean for farming? No pressure, but it means that this year’s crop is more critical than ever. There is already mounting concern about what the crisis will mean for the food supply chain and farm labour.
Why growers who embrace and leverage technology will outperform those who do not?
See futurefarming.com

Connectivity: Myriota to expand IoT connectivity services

Australian satellite connectivity company Myriota has raised $28 million AUD in Series B funding.
See futurefarming.com

Conservis integrates John Deere and FieldView data

Growers can seamlessly integrate as-applied and yield data into a unified view of their operation.
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Business. Rabobank: data offers farmers new business models

Rabobank says precision agriculture can be an instrument for new business models for farmers.
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Good old days (?????): Midday in the Alps, 1891., by Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899)

Sensors. CropX: Spiral soil sensor delivers best accuracy
Spiral sensors offer most accurate view of the moisture content of undisturbed soil in the field.
See futurefarming.com

Future Farming: The power of Future Farming online

Future Farming has a commitment to drive innovation forward among all crop growers around the world.
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Vertical Farming: Brazilian big cities embrace urban farming

Brazilian large cities have started urban farming projects with the goal to produce fruit and vegetables in a sustainable way. Future Farming took a look a...
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Global adoption of 25 farming practices could reduce CO2 emissions by 4.6 GT by 2025 – new McKinsey report, by Lauren Stine
1. Zero-emissions on-farm machinery and equipment
2. Variable-rate fertilization
3. Reduced nitrogen application in China and India
4. Dry direct seeding
5. Low- or no-tillage
6. Improved equipment maintenance
7. Improved fuel efficiency of fishing vehicles
8. Improved rice paddy water management
9. Improved rice straw management
10. Improved animal health monitoring and illness prevention
11. Feed-grain processing for improved digestibility
12. GHG-focused breeding and genetic selection
13. Livestock nutrient use efficiency
14. Optimal rice varietal selection
15. Nitrogen-fixing rotations
16. Improved fertilization of rice
17. Nitrogen inhibitors on pasture
18. Improved fertilization timing
19. Controlled-release and stabilized fertilizers
20. Animal feed additives
21. Anaerobic manure digestion
22. Technologies that increase livestock production efficiencies
23. Animal feed mix optimization
24. Conversation from flood to drip or sprinkler irrigation
25. Specialty crop nutrition amendments
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????):
Paysanne au bassin dans un jardin, par Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Between factual logic and psycho-logic, by Johannes Simons and Carl Vierboom

Agriculture and sustainability are complex themes with many related aspects to be considered for any fact-based discussion on the subjects. And even a general understanding of the associations involved requires some education on the subjects as well as time and energy spent in learning. It’s therefore no surprise that »normal« consumers don’t have this required background knowledge, or at least not enough of it. What is a surprise is the oft-heard opinion in agricultural discussions that all that’s needed for a layperson, the consumer, to understand the facts is a simple explanation.

1 – Those lacking the necessary knowledge are unable to appreciate arguments.

2 – Those lacking the necessary knowledge must decide whom to believe.

3 – Those lacking the necessary knowledge are hard to completely convince.

4 – Those lacking the necessary knowledge tend to fear many things.

5 – Those with an opinion don’t necessarily have a lot of knowledge.

6 – Those lacking the necessary knowledge still think they can define good agricultural practice.

7 – Those lacking the necessary knowledge find it hard to assess consequences.

8 – The decisive difference is therefore: psycho-logic instead of factual logic.

See dlg.org

Kenya pushes GMO cotton farming to meet soaring demand for masks
See allianceforscience.cornell.edu

Irrigation expansion could feed 800 million more people

A team of Italian scientists from Politecnico di Milano, the University of California of Berkeley and the University of Amsterdam published yesterday in the prestigious journal Science Advances a study on the global geography of agricultural water scarcity. The study finds that there is enough locally available water to expand irrigation over 140 Million hectares of agricultural lands, currently not irrigated due to socio-economic reasons. The study shows that 800 million more people could be fed by sustainably expanding irrigation over economic water scarce croplands
See mynewsdesk.com

Around 80 per cent of the world’s population relies on imported food by Siobhán Dunphy

The majority of the world’s population live in countries that are dependent on, at least to some extent, imported food, according to a new study published on 17 April in Nature Food. This could intensify vulnerabilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as supply chains are disrupted. Globalisation has revolutionised the food industry. Indeed, centralised […]
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Covid 19 and the elephant in the room, by Aseem Malhotra

Obesity and chronic metabolic disease is killing COVID -19 patients: now is the time to eat real food, protect the NHS and save lives. A healthcare system issue Last week I inquired as to how a close friend of mine, a director of research and a senior clinical doctor in one of New York’s’ busiest […]
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Could better dietary choices prepare us for the world after COVID-19? By Jean-Paul Oury

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc, we provided a rapid overview in our last editorial of the most efficient measures for dealing with the pandemic. One message stands out from the numerous recent contributions that we have published on the topic of COVID-19: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And […]
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Good old days (?????): Il lavoratore della terra, 1886 (charcoal), by Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899)

Short COVID jokes

1. This quarantine got everybody home. My dad finally came home with the pack of cigarettes he went to get thirty years ago.

Cop: Sir, I can smell alcohol in your breath.
Me: That’s because you’re not respecting social distancing.

3. What if this quarantine is just the aliens fattening us up for the big harvest?

4. All those people panic buying, make sure you stock up on condoms, so you don’t produce any more idiots.

Good old days (?????): Alpine Triptych: Death, 1898–99, by Giovanni Segantini - The Yorck Project (2002)

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