14-07-2014 08:46 AM | Ireland

Farmers up in arms over potential misuse of data

Monsanto is facing public ire again. By recently acquiring a Silicon Valley start-up called Climate Corporation for $1 billion, Monsanto gained access to detailed information on every tillable field in the Unites States.

Climate Corporation, set up by two ex-Google employees, uses remote sensing to map every field in the US and superimposes that data with all relevant climate information available.

Monsanto is using the info for a novel agricultural approach called “prescriptive planting”. This is where planting machines can – sometimes remotely – plant a field with different varieties at different depths and spacing.
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