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.

FSA UK – Guidance for authorities and food businesses on use of private water supplies in primary production

Annex I, Part A, 4(d) and 5(c) of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 requires that food business operators rearing, harvesting or hunting animals or producing primary products of animal origin, and producing or harvesting plant products, respectively, are to take adequate measures to use potable, or clean water, whenever necessary to prevent contamination. This guidance has been produced to assist enforcement officers and food business operators determine use of appropriate water supplies in primary production operations on farm.

The scope of this guidance is restricted to the use of clean water in primary production activities that are within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.

The FSA opened a public consultation and is inviting comments from enforcement authorities and food business operators on its guidance document. You can find this useful and peculiar document HERE

Responses are requested by: Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Within three months of a consultation ending FSA aims to publish a summary of responses received.