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The Internet of Tomato

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Tomatoes, the fruit of the gods. Who’d have thought that at some point we’d know more about tomatoes than one would care to know?

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The Internet of Tomato

  1. 1. What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston?
  2. 2. What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? They taste like chalk …
  3. 3. What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? …because they’re grown industrially as little green golf balls…
  4. 4. What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? … and low-tech ethylene gas is applied on the way to Boston.
  5. 5. Tomatoes are imported from weird places. California has no water
  6. 6. Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Florida has no soil
  7. 7. Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Other tomato regions of the world have dubious labor and environmental practices
  8. 8. We want more locally-produced tomatoes! The goal: produce 50% of our tomatoes within New England by 2060 Brian M. Donohue Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies Brandeis University
  9. 9. We want more locally-produced tomatoes! This requires supporting the success and growth of local tomato farmers
  10. 10. Let’s “high-tech” the local tomato chain together! RESTAURANTS AND CHEFS UNIVERSITY CAFETERIAS FOOD TRUCKS RETAILERS TECHNOLOGY
  11. 11. Welcome to the Internet of Tomatoes Project! PRODUCTIVITY  No disease  Maximum yield  Right water  Right heat  Right soil  Right light  When to harvest Goal: Reconcile Productivity and Taste HEALTHY  Lycopene SAFE  Minimize chemicals TASTE  Sweet  Acid  Low water content  Salt
  12. 12. Our local farmers are going high-tech…  Monitoring Environmental Conditions
  13. 13. Local chefs and consumers are also going high-tech…  Evaluating Tomato Chemistry 31st Boston Tomato Contest
  14. 14. We’re building a Star Trek™-like “Tomato Tricorder” Learn everything you want to know about that Tomato… …without destroying it! Flavor Profile Organic Analysis
  15. 15. Join us to make Boston the hub of the next technology revolution: Ag-Food-Tech BEST FOOD BEST TECH BEST AGRICULTURE

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