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Panel Discussion
17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Wednesday, 13 January

Refreshing the Food System: The Intersection of Food, Agriculture, and Technology

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17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Wednesday, 13 January

Refreshing the Food System: The Intersection of Food, Agriculture, and Technology

This panel will explore the implications of technology–both high and low–on how we grow, harvest, distribute, and consume food. Farmers today are using image recognition technologies to detect signs of bacteria or fungus—such as color change, wilting, or spots—to identify pests and plant diseases. Predictive ordering algorithms are modernizing food retail and helping to cut food waste in half. Natural language processing applications can read tweets and restaurant reviews in order to identify sources of food poisoning, and improve food safety inspections. But technology is not a silver bullet and there are potential dangers around privacy, control, and who benefits. We will feature farmers, nutrition and food experts, and entrepreneurs who are grappling with these issues.

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