According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “World Hunger is on the rise; yet, an estimated 1/3 of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste.”
Growing up on a farm in Alabama, Dr. Alicia Powers was raised with a love of the land and an appreciation for agriculture from an early age. While others in her family became agro-economists, she took a different path, gravitating to a career in public health nutrition: “With my strong foundation in agriculture and my desire to use the food that’s produced to improve people’s health, nutrition was a natural fit.”
Facing the twin challenges of environmental sustainability and climate change, world political and economic leaders are considering proposals aimed at promoting a food system that can help address these global problems.
Refresh at SXSW
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Google Fiber, 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
The Refresh Working Group, Google, and Swell Creative Group are excited to announce a day of food activations, discussions, and cooking demonstrations. Join us at SXSW to explore how AI is transforming the entire food system!
Amanda Ramcharan has dedicated her graduate studies to researching and studying farm systems in order to understand the conditions in which they thrive. Early on, she realized that she could use her fascination with technological tools and gadgets to help her better understand how farms can use technology to help assess and solve problems that arise in this system.
The 2018 Farm Bill is the most consequential legislation on food and agriculture in the United States. It was recently signed into law, and many Refresh Working Group members have been weighing in on how it will impact the nation’s food system for the next 5 years.
Jimmy Wright, owner of the independent grocery store Wright’s Market in Opelika, Alabama, learned the ins and outs of the grocery business at an early age.
We recently hosted a launch event in Chicago where we were joined by former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who worked at the USDA during a dynamic time for technology in agriculture.
AI is not the stuff of science fiction. It is often used very loosely to refer to technologies with the capability of processing and making sense of massive volumes of data, many of which (Internet search, email spam filters) we’re already using regularly.
Last week, The Refresh Working Group was honored to host former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for a fireside chat and panel discussion with working group members Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farms, Ankita Raturi of USDA, and Ali Lange of Google.