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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] OpenAg: Open Agriculture Initiative

From: Daniel Pocock
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] OpenAg: Open Agriculture Initiative
Date: Thu, 11 May 2017 08:55:19 +0200
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Thanks for sharing this on the LibrePlanet list, I'm also subscribed
here too.  I started a topic[1] on the OpenAg forum suggesting that
LibrePlanet 2018 (and some other events) might be really good places to
promote their work with people who will take a hands-on attitude to
building these devices and sharing the philosophy in their local

Would anybody want to extend a more formal invitation for them to speak
or exhibit at LibrePlanet or any other events?

Could anybody suggest any other events where this would fit and post the
links on the forum topic[1]?

As well as the TED talk, Caleb Harper recently did a talk about this at
Red Hat Summit, did anybody attend that last week?




On 10/05/17 23:29, willi uebelherr wrote:
> Open Agriculture Initiative
> Wiki Open Agriculture Initiative
> GitHub Open Agriculture Initiative
> Dear friends,
> this is a initiative from people from MIT/Boston. It is new for me and
> i received this information on the FSF (Free Software Foundation)
> Europe mail list.
> It seems it is a combination of client computers, servers and
> datacenters. But how they work i don't know in this time. Also it is
> not clear for me, is that a good way.
> many greetings, willi
> QueridAs amigAs,
> esta es una iniciativa de gente del MIT/Boston. Es nuevo para mí y he
> recibido esta información en la lista de correo FSF (Free Software
> Foundation) Europa.
> Parece que es una combinación de equipos cliente, servidores y centros
> de datos. Pero cómo funcionan no sé en este tiempo. También no está
> claro para mí, es que una buena manera.
> con muchas saludos, willi
> -------- Weitergeleitete Nachricht --------
> Betreff: Open Agriculture / Free (as in Freedom) Food
> Datum:   Wed, 10 May 2017 17:54:14 +0200
> Von:     Daniel Pocock <>
> An:      FSFE Discussion <>
> If you are not comfortable putting non-free software in your computer,
> have you ever thought about the non-free nature of the food you put in
> your body?
> A group at MIT's Media Lab have started the Open Agriculture (OpenAg)
> initiative and there was a TED talk (video[1]) about it in Geneva that
> makes it really clear what they are doing and why.
> The documentary Food, Inc[2] also helps understand what is at stake.
> Has anybody else looked at this or any similar projects already?
> A group has been formed[3] in Zurich to try and build one or more of the
> food computers collaboratively.  A venue is to be announced shortly.  I
> already raised this on the Zurich mailing list, but would anybody else
> want to come to Zurich to participate, be part of this remotely or
> replicate the idea in their own location?
> One challenge for us in Zurich is to try and find an efficient way of
> ordering all the parts, the list[4] includes over 100 items from about
> various suppliers.  Making up orders would be rather tedious, so
> grouping the orders together could help lower the hurdle for people to
> get started.
> One significant opportunity with this initiative is the outreach to
> other groups with environment, sustainability, urban agriculture and
> culinary interests.  OpenAg provides a way to developed a shared
> philosophy about what free really means and how free software is part of
> the solution to social problems like food security.
> Regards, Daniel
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