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Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.

One vision of high-tech farming

Interesting story over at Agriculture Online about teaching young future farmers the basics of GPS, GIS, RFID etc. and their possible application in farming. The story is framed by ads for several huge bio-tech companies. I thought it would be of interest to all of my clients right now, and I imagine at least some of the other readers of this site.

Should new information technologies be harnessed for hyper-quantification of the proccesses involved in getting food to our tables? Or are there some vital qualities that cannot be digitized and are likely to be damaged by decisions made from a purely digital paradigm? I think this is cause for serious concern. I believe there's far more to life than efficiency, and there are more layers and factors that make up true long-term efficiency than huge agro-chemical conglomerates can be trusted to consider.

For the other side of the coin, you can see online technology put to use to resist biotech over at Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) and The Institute for Science in Society (ISIS).

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