Why “GEC” is the New, Unregulated “GMO”

When people talk about GMOs (genetically modified organisms), they usually start from this viewpoint: GMOs are weird because they only exist when scientists take a piece of food and insert foreign genes into it. But what if scientists could just cut part of a food’s original DNA strand to disable a gene without adding any…

Continue reading

Intellectual Property Protection in the Food System: Don’t Forget the NDA

The article in our Winter issue titled, “Have You Copyrighted Your Trademarks?” addressed trademark and copyright protections for brands in the food system. We thus know that with a bit of effort, there is a lot of protection available from brand protection. But how does one protect the contents of the proverbial secret sauce or…

Continue reading

The Internet of Things is Driving Smart Agriculture

The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling data-driven smart agriculture. The IoT is a network of technologies which can monitor the status of physical and other objects, capture meaningful data, and communicate that data over a wireless network to a computer in the cloud for software to analyze and help determine action steps. Typically, each…

Continue reading

Understanding Farm Data

Precision agricultural and the use of sensor technology and hi-tech systems in agriculture has resulted in large quantities of data regarding farm conditions, operations, and yields in the possession of agricultural technology providers. Agricultural technology providers or ATPs are constantly developing new software algorithms to organize and analyze farm data collected from different farmers to…

Continue reading