Efita Newsletter 992, dated June 28, 2021

Efita Newsletter 992, dated June 28, 2021
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), June 28, 2021

EFITA newsletter / 992 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Taranca stand in iarba - Nicolae Grigorescu


Fast alle Corona-Todesfälle treffen Ungeimpfte

99,9 Prozent aller in US-Krankenhäusern stationär behandelten Coronapatienten waren nach einer neuen Studie ungeimpft. Mit den Zahlen will die Gesundheitsbehörde die Bevölkerung vom Nutzen der Vakzinen überzeugen.
Sehen spiegel.de

In English: Almost all corona deaths affect the unvaccinated

99.9 percent of all corona inpatients in US hospitals were unvaccinated, according to a new study. The health authority wants to use the numbers to convince the population of the benefits of the vaccines.

A Coronavirus Epidemic Hit 20,000 Years Ago

With covid restrictions easing in many parts of the world, you might be thinking about going on a trip...


The evolution of foodtech & agtech investing, by Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Chief editor of Agfunder and founder of Agri Investor, Louisa Burwood-Taylor, speaks at E Tipu 2021: The Boma NZ Agri Summit on why the time is ripe to invest in agritech.

"The thesis has shifted... No longer is the sole focus of [the agritech] industry on producing more with less for a growing population. For innovators, investors are thinking really carefully about how they're creating food, what they're producing with human and planetary health in mind. And overall, more and more people are coming to the agrifood tech party. And it's very exciting. In fact, 2020 was by far and away the biggest year ever for investment in foodtech, agtech... A lot of that growth was down to mature growth stage deals and larger and larger deals because this industry is maturing."

Louisa is a passionate and knowledgeable food and agriculture journalist at AgFunder, an online venture capital platform investing in bold, exceptional entrepreneurs revolutionizing the food and agriculture industries.

Louise has reported on a wide spectrum of financial products and markets, from equity capital markets in Asia to structured bonds in Europe, before shifting her gaze to agriculture several years ago.

In her current role, she is dedicated to covering breaking news in the agrifoodtech industry including exciting new trends and solutions, startups, research and data, as well as investments across the space.

Louisa is the founder of ground-breaking and critical agritech publication Agri Investor, the first publication dedicated to investment in the sector.

This video was filmed at a Boma New Zealand summit operated under a free license from Boma Global and Boma and organized by Boma New Zealand. The views in this talk are that of the local Boma partner and not that of Boma Global. Boma’s global network strives to design a fair and more human centered future and drive change on both a local and global level through educational programs, actions, talks, media and impact initiatives.
See Louisa Burwood-Taylor

En 1899, 1900, 1901 et 1910, un groupe d'artistes, dont notamment Jean-Marc Côté, a réalisé une série de cartes et de dessins d'anticipation sur le thème de l'an 2000 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

Un bus-baleine / A Whale-Bus
In 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, a group of artists, including notably Jean-Marc Côté, produced a series of anticipatory drawings on the theme of the year 2000 (BNF).

agROBOfood newsletter release - Issue #13 - June 2021

Welcome to the first summer issue of 2021.

Let us take you for a dive in the first statistics regarding the interest shown in the 2nd Open Call for Innovation Experiments that ended a few days ago.

Rune Hahn Kristensen from the Danish Teknologisk Institut gives agROBOfood readers an overview on the progress achieved and the next steps on the Innovation Experiments.

The H3O-SpotOn, one more of the Open Call 1 winners is hosted in the In focus column.

In the project’s latest news find out more on the agROBOfood 3-day online event “VISIONING THE FUTURE OF AGRI-FOOD ROBOTICS” from the 29/6-1/7.

Our radar has once more caught lots of interesting robotics info for you from around the globe.

Funding opportunities, the column that was introduced last month, features startups’ competitions and calls for expression of interest.

Grab a seat and watch some brand-new videos on the agROBOfood TV and lastly, catch up with the Forthcoming events column cause some are soon coming up.
Enjoy reading!

UK : The increase in yields in a hundred years! (Source : Our World in Data)

Quality Farm Supply’s online equipment and parts ordering is ideal for today’s farmer, by Jaclyn Krymowski

In this day and age, shoppers conduct a growing portion of their business online. With the ease of searching for products, fast shipping, and reliable customer service at our fingertips, why should farm supplies be any different? Quality Farm Supply has long believed this outlet should be accessible to farmers across the nation. Established in 1964, the ag parts retailer began offering its products online in 2012 — and it’s fitting to see the family-owned and -operated business putting its more-than-five-decades’ worth of experience to work in the digital era.

With the frequent demands of farm management, ordering pieces for machinery is one task that need not be taxing, especially when the internet can make the process faster and more efficient. With a huge selection of parts and other products especially for agribusinesses, Quality Farm Supply makes it easy for you to get what you need in the most efficient way possible, delivered directly to your door.
See agdaily.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Cioban - Nicolae Grigorescu


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Precision ag player reborn as soil carbon market Boomitra; scores $4m from Yara, Chevron, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Soil carbon sequestration could offset as much of 20% of humanity’s annual carbon footprint, according to the UN – and when it comes to actually pushing ag carbon markets forward, pinpoint accuracy in measuring soil carbon is less important than getting as many farmers as possible involved, Moorthy argues.

“Providing a directly [accurate] absolute soil carbon measurement is usually not very useful for interpreting the accuracy of the carbon credits themselves, so we usually provide uncertainty [ranges] on the carbon credits,” he said. “Furthermore, accuracy varies by geographical region based on availability of ‘ground truth’ data, local terrain variability, and other factors.”
See agfundernews.com

World land sparing

Reasonable intensification of agriculture where possible frees land elsewhere and promotes biodiversity.

Bringg bags $100m for logistics platform used by Albertsons, Walmart, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Bringg, a logistics management platform for grocery, foodservice, and other industries, has raised $100 million in Series E funding.

New York-based Insight Partners led the round, with seven of the startup’s existing investors — Cambridge Capital, GLP, Next47, Pereg Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Viola Growth, and automotive magnate Shmuel Harlap — also participating.

Bringg said in a statement that the round takes its market valuation above $1 billion, making it “the first and only unicorn in last-mile delivery and fulfillment cloud technology.”

By collecting large amounts of data, Bringg’s technology allows brands, retailers, and logistics providers to optimize their fulfillment and delivery operations. Its wide-ranging product suite enables on-demand delivery — by helping clients connect more efficiently with their own drivers or third-party services — as well as ‘click and collect’ purchasing, fleet management, route optimization, and inventory oversight, among other things.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Ioana Radu - Ciobanas cu trei sute de oi - Nicolae Grigorescu


Bilberry: How Our System Works

Our Intelligent Spot Spraying System reduces the usage of herbicide by more than 80% while protecting the environment and lowering the costs for farmers dramatically.

>> Embedded Camera Network
A camera network is embedded directly on the booms of the sprayer. The cameras are compatible with all sprayers on the market, regardless of size or brand.

>> Localize weeds: Weed Recognition
During weeding, an embedded computer, linked to the cameras, analyzes the images of the field in real time. It is capable of recognizing weed species present within crops.

>> Spray: Real-Time Spot Spraying
The on-board computer controls the spraying in real time, in order to identify and only spray on the weeds. It can cut a section of nozzles or work one nozzle at a time.

>> Map: Weed Mapping
Information collected in the plots is automatically and immediately transcribed in the form of maps. These maps can be integrated into the sprayer for further processing or in agricultural processes management software.
See bilberry.io

Land Sharing vs Land sparing... "Is local and organic farming really better for the environment? "By Mr. Serge-Étienne Parent (Laval University in Quebec) in The Conversation (in French)

Saving the land from agricultural occupation has a much higher biodiversity potential than living there with nature, whether through organic farming or permaculture. As long as allocating agricultural land that necessarily disturbs their environment, it is better to concentrate food production there.

Voir theconversation.com
Organic farming extensification vs Ecological intensification

Industry Updates: 3D printing agricultural machinery parts: realistic or not?

3D printing has been around for years, yet there's still little demand from the agricultural sector.
See futurefarming.com

Field Robots: XAG R150 field robot to alleviate labour shortage in Japan

XAG’s R150 field robot made its debut in Japan, pollinating an apple orchard in Takayama.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Întoarcerea de la târg - Nicolae Grigorescu


Smart farming: How an early agtech adopter helps start-ups

The interest of Australian farmers in agtech is growing rapidly.
See futurefarming.com

Smart farming: The future of smart farming in South Africa

With the help of agtech, South Africa has doubled its maize production per hectare since the 1970‘s.
See futurefarming.com


Industry Update: New Brazilian start-ups sprout on daily basis amid Covid-19

Radar AgTech identifies 1,574 agtech start-ups in Brazil, a 40% increase compared to 2019.
See futurefarming.com

Industry Update: CNH Industrial acquires Raven Industries

With the acquisition CNH aims to enhance its precision agriculture capabilities.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Mocanul - Nicolae Grigorescu


Tools and Data: Zurich connects with John Deere Operations Center

Connection is to allow for seamless and more accurate and secure crop insurance reporting.
See futurefarming.com

Tools and Data: Forecasting tool to help farmers manage extreme weather

Canada invests over $1.1 million in the development of an interactive weather forecasting tool.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Taranca cu donite si fetita - Nicolae Grigorescu


Koppert invests in digital transformation

Koppert Biological Systems has acquired the Dutch artificial intelligence start-up company AgriAI to scale-up and accelerate its digital transformation.
See newaginternational.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les paysans par Camille Pissarro


Agtech startup SupPlant raises $10M to introduce small farmers to AI irrigation

Israeli agricultural technology company SupPlant has raised $10 million in a funding round co-led by Boresight Capital, Menomadin Foundation, Smart-Agro Fund and Mivtah Shamir.
See newaginternational.com

CNH Industrial to acquire Raven Industries

CNH Industrial has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the capital stock of Raven Industries, Inc.
See newaginternational.com

Wildlife conservation (estimated populations, 1963-2020)

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimated that India will have one million COVID-19 deaths by August 1
See thehindu.com

Smithsonian Magazine / Earth Optimism

> Empowering Pastoralists and Hunter-Gatherers for Conservation in Tanzania
> The Power of Storytelling in Conservation
See smithsonianmag.com

The nature of immigration amnesty: Past, present, and future, by Bre Holbert

Immigration amnesty is understood as the process of granting legal immigration status to folks without legal citizenship status.
“As one of only a few farmers in Congress,” U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), “ I understand the invaluable contributions our producers and farmworkers make to our nation’s unparalleled agriculture industry. Bringing our agriculture labor program into the 21st century is absolutely critical as we work to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and ensure a stable food supply chain in the United States. We must act now to provide certainty to farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers across the country.”
See agdaily.com

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In defence of agriculture: Using facts and science, by Jonathan Lawler

Going through social media a few days ago I was pleasantly surprised to come across a post from the Ohio Farm Bureau. It was an open letter to legislators debunking the myths around animal agriculture. I know the letter’s author, Ty Higgins of Ohio Farm Bureau, and am always impressed by his passion for agriculture and willingness to advocate for farmers every time I have the opportunity to speak to him.

What impressed me about the article and open letter the most was simply the fact that it had been written. What I see Ty and his team at Ohio Farm Bureau doing is what every state level farm bureau should be doing across the country. I hear from farmers around the country, and world, through my own farming experiences and through my social media outreach.
Here in Indiana, I have seen animal-rights activists and farmers who sell protein labeled as “better” because of pastures or non-GMO feed work together to undermine conventional ag. I have no problem with farmers who take a holistic approach and pasture animals versus confinement, but that also comes with a price tag that average consumers cannot pay. When they use moral superiority and guilt to sell their products, that is not OK. It is not fair to other farmers who do not have NGO media and PR backing.

As farmers, we need to start holding these organizations and companies accountable. Let them know that we are not OK with misinformation. We are not OK with being called polluters, poisoners, or, in the case of animal ag, murderers. If they can buy a farmer’s harvest and make a profit from it, then they can defend that farmer too.

Farming is already a tough job and now we are expected to be doing our own PR on top of everything else.

So, thank you Ohio Farm Bureau for your support.
See agdaily.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Sahurs (near Rouen) Meadows in Morning Sun by (1894) by Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899)


Our world in data: Which countries have mandatory childhood vaccination policies? by Tatjana Marks and Samantha Vanderslott

With the widespread rollout of COVID-19 vaccines globally, some countries have started to consider mandatory vaccination, although no country has yet to make vaccines mandatory for its population.1 While COVID-19 has resurfaced the debate on vaccination policies, it has been an important topic for many other diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that vaccines save two to three million lives each year (excluding COVID). The development of vaccines against vaccine-preventable childhood diseases has been a key driver in the decline of child mortality.

Despite it being such an important topic, it is surprising that information about which countries have mandatory vaccine policy is lacking, and it is childhood vaccines under a country’s national immunization schedules that are most commonly made mandatory.
See ourworldindata.org


Episode 27 of our Heroes of Progress video series features Kate Sheppard, the world's first successful suffragette.

After realizing that politicians would never listen to women as long as the latter lacked the right to vote, Sheppard began to campaign for women's suffrage in the late 1880s.

In 1893, she was victorious, paving the way for similar movements worldwide.
See video
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España: El Gobierno suprime 85 ‘embalses zombis’ de los nuevos planes hidrológicos

Transición Ecológica descarta incrementar el agua para el regadío y reduce al mínimo los proyectos de construcción de presas.
Estrela admite el bajo ritmo de ejecución de las diferentes planificaciones. Según el último informe oficial de seguimiento de los 25 planes de cuenca de todo el país —aquí se incluyen los que son de competencia estatal y los que son autonómicos—, en diciembre de 2019 solo se había ejecutado el 19,8% de las inversiones previstas para el periodo comprendido entre 2015 y 2021. En esas cuentas se incluyen las inversiones estatales y las autonómicas. El director general del Agua asegura que el nivel de ejecución en el caso solo de la Administración general del Estado a finales de 2019 rondaba el 35%.

Los planes de cuenca que ha sacado a información pública ahora el ministerio prevén una inversión total de 21.000 millones de euros para los próximos seis años, de los que 8.000 los deberá ejecutar la Administración central. La partida de mayor cuantía es la que se corresponde con los objetivos ambientales, en la que se incluye la depuración de aguas urbanas, que asciende hasta los 10.546 millones de euros (lo que supone el 50% de toda la inversión prevista). Al abastecimiento y al regadío le corresponden 5.141 millones, es decir, casi el 25% de todo lo comprometido.
Ver elpais.com

Mariana Mazzucato: “La izquierda se ha vuelto perezosa. Debe centrarse en la creación de riqueza”

Gobiernos y empresas de todo el mundo se disputan la asesoría de esta prestigiosa economista italoamericana. El progresismo, dice, debe ir más allá de la redistribución y convertirse en motor de innovación: ha de invertir y experimentar, como los emprendedores
Ver elpais.com

Terroristas en Italia, ciudadanos anónimos en Francia

El procedimiento de extradición de diez condenados por actos violentos en los ‘años de plomo’ cierra un contencioso entre París y Roma por los italianos a los que Mitterrand dio cobijo en los años ochenta
Ver elpais.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Mother and child by Bernardus Johannes Blommers, (Dutch 1845-1914)


Five funny sentences

John Travolta tested negative for coronavirus last night. Turns out it was just Saturday night fever.

The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.

Intelligence is like underwear. It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

A courtroom artist was arrested today for an unknown reason... details are sketchy.

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