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Smart Farming: Including Rights Holders for Responsible Agricultural Innovation

Author: Kelly Bronson

Journal Title: Technology Innovation Management Review

ISSN: 1927-0321 (Online)

Publisher: Carleton University

Society/Institution: Talent First Network

This article draws on the literature of responsible innovation to suggest concrete processes for including rights holders in the “smart” agricultural revolution. It first draws upon historical agricultural research in Canada to highlight how productivist values drove seed innovations with particular consequences for the distribution of power in the food system. Next, the article uses document analysis to suggest that a similar value framework is motivating public investment in smart farming innovations. The article is of interest to smart farming’s decision makers (from farmers to governance actors) and a broader audience – anyone interested in engendering equity through innovation-led societal transitions.

Illustration Photo: Extension Associate Professor John Lory talks about his study with a high-crop style tractor mounted with sensors to more accurately distribute nitrogen to row crops and forages. (credits: Kyle Spradley © MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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