“It’s the idea of bringing together the Salinas Valley and Silicon Valley and seeing what happens when ag-tech meets high-tech,” he said. “What are going to be some of the new businesses that come from that?
“If you work across multiple sectors — food safety, food traceability — it’s not too far a stretch to start thinking about food security and information technology. You have to think about financial services, data and privacy. What happens when you bring all those elements together and rub the sticks of fresh and high-tech?”
Silicon Valley’s economic agenda centers on clean technology, social media and networking, and as Donohue sees it, those have natural ties to agriculture.
“The biggest human network in the world is agriculture,” he said. “The Salinas Valley is uniquely positioned to have that conversation because of the marketing consolidation, the financial consolidation and production consolidation that resides here. This is the fresh epicenter of the world.”