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Fish Poachers and Digestible RFID

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I'll have to admit, I didn't forsee this use of RFID. Yahoo! News is running a story about how Australian fisheries investigators implanted microchips under the skin of protected fish and later found the chips in fillets in the poacher's freezer (Chips in fish help net Australian cod poachers). Technically, the article doesn't say whether the chips were RFID or not, but that would make sense. The idea is a pretty cool concept that could possibly be used in a number of other wildlife management investigations.

Of course, this makes me wonder what happened to any of the chips the poachers might have accidentally ingested. What if you could make digestable, degradable (perhaps even nutritious) RFID chips that could be put into food? How might this help the FDA track and keep our food supply safe? Imagine being able to scan that hamburger in the market and find out where it came from and when. Some interesting possibilities here ... either that or I am over-caffeinated this morning.

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UPDATE 1000 PT

In a strange coincidence, there is an article today in SearchEnterpriseLinux noting that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority has switched to Linux (With Linux, fisheries authority hauls in ROI).

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