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EFITA newsletter / 951 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Short communication: Evaluation of an eating time sensor for use in pasture-based dairy systems, by B.Dela Rue, J.M.Lee, C.R.Eastwood, K.A.Macdonald, P.Gregorini
How to unleash agtech in the fight against climate change, AFN, by Michael Campos
We’re believers that there’s no comprehensive solution to climate change without major changes to the agricultural system. There will be multiple unicorn-level outcomes as companies begin reshaping the $7 trillion food industry while removing gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere. For those startups and investors fortunate enough to remain standing now, the ag industry just got a lot riper for disruption.
Dendra and its ‘forest-patrolling drones’ close $10m Series A from Airbus, others, AFN, by Jack Ellis
Dendra deploys a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning tech, data analytics, drones, and ecological expertise to restore biodiverse ecosystems that have been degraded through agricultural, industrial, or other anthropogenic activity.
Using high-resolution data capture and AI that has been drilled in ecological science, the startup maps environmentally degraded parcels of land. It then assesses the data it has collected to tailor restoration plans for each site it has scrutinized.
Where tree-planting for carbon capture is part of the plan, Dendra can call upon its fleet of customized drones to sow 120 seeds per minute – which the company claims is 150 times faster than manual planting.
Management Tools: Syngenta launches AI-driven seed selection platform
Syngenta introduces Cropwise Seed Selector for artificial intelligence-driven seeds recommendations.
Irrigation: World’s biggest drip irrigation project in India
India’s Karnataka state has developed the world’s biggest automated single drip irrigation project.
Machinery: Jacto launches hybrid self-propelled seed drill
Uniport Planter 500 can cover 22 ha per hour in regular conditions and improves energy efficiency by 95%.
Water management: Ellingson launches farm data and water management app
Minnesota-based Ellingson launches a new app that provides access to farm data and water management tools.
Machinery: Case IH Quadtrac and Steiger tractors ease data transfer
Case IH focused on making data capture simple and data transfer seamless.
Irrigation: Manna and Pessl launch irrigation scheduling solution
Manna and Pessl Instruments introduce a virtual station based irrigation scheduling station.
Good old days (?????): La bergerie par Charles Émile Jacque (1813-1894) - Musée départemental de l’École de Barbizon
Farms Can’t Save the Planet, The New Republic, by Charlie Mitchell
U.S. senators, McDonald's, Microsoft, and the agribusiness lobby are pushing the dangerous myth that carbon storage in American farmland will stave off climate catastrophe.
To stop the coronavirus, the most successful countries slammed their doors shut to visitors. It worked. Until they let outsiders back in.
Woodward talked to Trump about a book, The Guns of August, by the historian Barbara Tuchman, about the causes of the first world war.
“I raised the book and Trump didn’t know what I was talking about. But I said she makes the point that before world war one, the old order was dying in a blaze and I said to him I think in 2016 the old order was dying: the Republican party, the Democratic party were not in tune with what was going on in this country.
“Barbara Tuchman talks about history’s clock and I said to Trump, ‘You seized history’s clock. You got it. You knew what was going on, and what was going on is that people were disgusted with people like me from the Washington Post, and there’s an elitism and a smugness and a self-satisfaction that people don’t like and I don’t like it.’”
Good old days (?????): Une lessive à Metzeral par Frédéric Lix
Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety, By Katie Thomas, Noah Weiland and Sharon LaFraniere
The statement is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines under pressure from the Trump administration.
The manufacturers that are said to have signed the letter include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi.
The best defense against Coronavirus is optimizing metabolic health by Dr. Aseem Malhotra / Jean-Paul Oury
Winter is coming and the current spate of Coronavirus-related news is not encouraging: the pandemic is ravaging Europe, efficient cures are still just over the horizon, and many are prophesizing that the second wave will hit us even harder than the first one. But amidst this doom and gloom, Dr. Aseem Malhotra’s book, The 21 Day Immunity Plan, is a much needed breath of fresh air.
Malhotra is a familiar name for European Scientist readers – in one of our most read articles of the year, Covid-19 and the elephant in the room, Dr. Malhotra excoriated the mainstream media for their failure to notice the role nutrition has in the outcome of Covid-19 cases. Obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases led to increases hospitalization rates, overwhelming the NHS:
The government public health message enhanced by the media to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives has been powerful and effective. Given the speed at which health markers for metabolic disease improve from dietary interventions, an equally strong if not more significant population health message should now be to “eat real food, protect the NHS and save lives.”
In praise of the EU’s decision-making process, by Gabriel Waksman
In this era of headlines-seeking media and twitter-like attention span, the decision-making process by the European Union (EU) is constantly being criticized, dramatized, and derided. Let’s write instead in praise of this uniquely consensual process that is not only a valuable model of decision-making for all aspects of personal, collective, economic and cultural activities, but also reflects the most fundamental values and principles of our democratic societies.
>>> How does the eu decision-making process work?
First, let’s describe what the EU’s decision-making process is. The process was made very clear to all during the latest meeting of the European Council on 17-21 July 2020. While some decisions can be made by a simple majority of 14 states and some others by a majority of 55% of member states representing 65% of the population, all decisions of significant importance must be adopted in unanimity, all heads of state negotiating a final consensus that they must all approve. The issues debated during the 17-21 July meeting were of fundamental importance and therefore required unanimity.
Good old days (?????): Man with a Scythe, by Harry Becker
The Ballycashel Echo (Irish joke)
"Is that the Ballycashel Echo?" asks Mick.
"How much would it be to put an ad in your paper?"
"Five pounds an inch," a woman replies. "Why? What are you selling?"
"A ten-foot ladder," said Mick before slamming the phone down.
Good old days (?????): Les Moissonneurs, vers 1898 par René Seyssaud (1867-1952)
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