MSEC 18_abstract_Sensors in Food and Agriculture


Sensors in Food and Agriculture

David Mount
ULVAC Technologies

As human beings, we need to eat. Furthermore, we need healthy, sustainable, and delicious food from the farm to our tables. Employing sensors can improve both crop and food production. This presentation will elaborate on sensors for crop production, food quality, and animal welfare. Food safety and quality represent one of the greatest public issues and concerns, worldwide. Today, sensors can provide inspection capabilities that are accurate, fast and consistent.  Nearly all aspects of production, processing, and management in agricultural and food systems involve measurement of product and resource attributes. Our company, ULVAC Technologies, Inc., has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). It has installed food processing equipment at their test kitchen at the Napa Valley, CA campus. We are experimenting with various recipes and generating sensor-based data on (delicious) prepared foods.