MCCHE Convergent Innovation Webinar Series with Bart Gajderowicz

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:00to13:00

Towards an Ontology of Traceable Impact Management in the Agriculture Food Chain

Bart Gajderowicz

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The pursuit of quality improvements and accountability in the agricultural food supply chain has become increasingly vital, necessitating a comprehensive approach that encompasses product quality and its impact on various stakeholders and their communities. Such an approach offers numerous benefits in increasing product quality and eliminating superfluous measurements while appraising and alleviating the broader societal and environmental repercussions. A traceable impact management model provides an impact structure and a reporting mechanism that identifies each stakeholder’s role in the total impact of food production and consumption stages. The model aims to increase traceability’s utility in understanding the impact of changes on communities affected by food production and consumption, aligning with current and future government requirements, and addressing the needs of communities and consumers. This holistic approach is further supported by an ontological model that forms the logical foundation and a unified terminology. The model promotes global traceability, emphasizing quality and the extensive impact of championing accountability, sustainability, and responsible practices. With these combined efforts, the agriculture food chain moves toward a global tracking and tracing process that not only ensures product quality but also addresses its impact on a broader scale, fostering accountability, sustainability, and responsible food production and consumption.


The Convergent Innovation Webinar Series features cutting edge science, technology and innovation in agriculture, food, environment, education, medicine and other domains of everyday life where grand challenges lie at the convergence of health and economics. Powered by data science, artificial intelligence, and other digital technologies, this disciplinary knowledge bridges with behavioural, social, humanities, business, economics, social, engineering, and complexity sciences to accelerate real-world solution at scale, be it in digital or physical contexts. Initiated in the agri-food domain, the series is now encompassing other grand challenges facing modern and traditional economies and societies, such as ensuring lifelong wellness and resilience at both the individual and population levels.

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