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Record number 549330
Title Ethics of smart farming : Current questions and directions for responsible innovation towards the future
Author(s) Burg, Simone van der; Bogaardt, Marc Jeroen; Wolfert, Sjaak
Source NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences (2019). - ISSN 1573-5214
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2019.01.001
Department(s) Innovation- and Risk Management and Information Governance
Data Science, Information Management & Projectmanagement Organisation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Data ownership - Data sharing - Ethics - Open access - Power distribution - Smart farming - Societal impacts
Abstract

Sensors, drones, weather satellites and robots are examples of technologies that make farming ‘smart’. In this article we present the results of our review of the literature that concerns the ethical challenges that smart farming raises. Our reading suggests that current ethical discussion about smart farming circles around three themes: (1) data ownership and access, (2) distribution of power and (3) impacts on human life and society. Discussions that fall under these themes have however not yet reached a satisfying conclusion, as there seem to be different ideas at work in the background regarding the purpose and function of digital farms in society. The pros and cons of these rivalling ideas are rarely foregrounded in the discussion. We suggest that future research should focus first on the content of these goals, especially on the content of societal and commercial goals and whether and how they can be combined in differing contexts. This will offer a lead to think about what data ought to be shared with whom, to set preconditions for trust between stakeholders and –eventually- develop appropriate guidelines and codes of conduct for future farming digitalization trajectories.

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