Milan Expo – Conference “Internet of (every)thing and smart agriculture”

Tomorrow I will be in Milan Expo attending this interesting conference organized by the Tech and Law Center, an interdisciplinary center promoted by a research group composed of members from Università di Milano, Università di Milano–Bicocca, Università dell’Insubria and Politecnico di Milano. The center projects and events address digital technologies and their interaction with law and society.

The event will be on 10 September at 14.30 in the Conference Room of the Cluster “Isole, Mare, Cibo” at EXPO, Milan.

I will be hanging around Expo all day, so it could be also a great opportunity to share a coffee with any interested reader of my blog, in case you’ll be there.

Here’s a brief description of the conference and all the relevant info:

Internet of (Every)thing and Smart Agriculture

The interaction between physical objects and sensors connected to Internet makes it possible to exchange information in a manner which has never previously been possible anywhere in the world and to render smart objects inanimate in order to provide functionality and services which have not yet been fully explored.

Internet of (Every)Thing (IoE) entails various levels: from the smart home to the production of goods, among which food, and to the management of natural resources, like water. The IoE can therefore vary from examples of “consumer” oriented interconnected devices to more “enterprise” driven business cases, raising the interest of Governments and public administrations as well.

One of the most interesting field for our State’s future is the “smart agriculture”, monitoring micro- climate parameters supporting agriculture to improve products’ quality, to reduce risks coming from unpredictable weather phenomenon, to rationalize resources and to reduce the environmental impact.

If on one hand the IoE will make the world a better place to live, on the other hand it will be paramount to prevent and impede possible future abuses and violations.

The goal of the meeting is to gather international technical and legal experts to discuss opportunities and risks of IoE world.

Please, find here a brief description of the event, the agenda and the flyer.

Hinoman’s Vegetable Whole-protein Ingredient Granted GRAS Status

Hinoman, Ltd., has been granted self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for its Mankai, a vegetable whole-protein ingredient with high nutritional value. The announcement was made during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) conference in Chicago, July 12-14.

The GRAS designation is for the use of Mankai in functional foods and beverages, and was confirmed based on scientific methods, as well as corroborated by extensive history of use in Asia Pacific. The status was endorsed by a third party-appointed panel composed of some of the top food toxicologists in the U.S. This approval clearly demonstrates Mankai’s preeminence in tests of food safety and purity.

The nutritional composition of the Mankai microgreen ingredient has been determined to be high in protein (at least 45-48%), low in fat (7-8%), with 24-45% carbohydrate content. Analysis of the amino acid composition reveals the protein to be a rich source of the entire group of essential amino acids.

“GRAS approval of the Mankai high-protein ingredient is a major step toward Hinoman becoming a key microgreen protein supplier in the U.S. market,” says Udi Alroy, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Hinoman. “Hinoman’s proprietary cultivation platform makes Mankai a reliable, sustainable food source for large-scale growth and consumption.”

Mankai is produced in an advanced hydroponic system that optimizes yield throughout the year. This precisely regulated aquaculture platform is highly controlled, operating under remote cultivation management and regulation. As a result, it ensures plant purity so that Mankai is clean and free from all pesticides and heavy metals, to a level that exceeds nutritional grade.

“The proprietary Hinoman technology enables strict standards of food safety and security, and both are critical to ensure a sustainable supply chain,” explains Ron Salpeter, CEO for Hinoman. “The system addresses the challenges of future agriculture and nutrition needs with simplicity and sustainability, providing a comprehensive, plant-derived whole-protein food solution.”