More sustainable and effective crop production can reduce hunger and poverty and make communities stronger. Read about some fascinating new tech-based efforts to optimize agriculture, from India to Western Australia.
Food and Water
Seven retailers – Amazon and Safeway among them – were chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a two-year pilot offering food stamp recipients in seven states the opportunity to order and pay for groceries online. The goal is to increase access to healthy foods for low-income families and individuals. Will it work?
Malaysian teens call their mobile food surplus app Robin Food; in Brazil restaurant diners are encouraged to eat a little less but pay full price to help combat child hunger and malnutrition. Read about more novel efforts around the world to reduce food waste, hunger and greenhouse gases.
A poll of UK adults found only 3% see any stigma attached to wasting food – yet most turn off lights or turn down the heat to save money. Read how a supermarket chain is working with UK communities to promote smart technologies that help households reduce food waste and save money.
From a pay-it-forward takeout app to online red kettles and virtual food drives, opportunities to help the hungry have definitely gone digital. Click for a look at several clever approaches designed to encourage charitable clicking. Will they work in your community?
A three-year pilot at Feeding America food banks is demonstrating how investing in sustainable energy and water efficiency programs can cut utility costs and make more money available to support their mission. Learn how well it's working in Tuscaloosa.
The C40 Food Systems Network that launched this week in Stockholm aims to help cities find solutions to pressing food challenges. Read why mayors from Milan to Mexico City are committed to pursuing a more sustainable and equitable food system -- and how technology is helping.
In Scotland, the Meal Makers program uses a web-based platform to encourage people to cook an extra meal for an isolated senior, which improves their diets and reduces food poverty and loneliness all at the same time. Read more about Meal Makers and other community-based initiatives tackling food insecurity in Europe.
A recent CH2M post gave a biofuel research facility the company helped launch in Masdar City "cool project" status. We have to agree. Read about this innovative effort that tackles the dual challenges of food and water security while providing a sustainable source of clean fuel.
At a time when climate change has the potential to threaten our food supplies, farmers can use all the help they can get. A competition arranged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Council Lead Partner Microsoft yielded several innovative ways to ensure a sustainable, resilient food supply -- and they all relied on open data.