Refresh Working Group Members’ Perspectives on the Ag Census

The US Department of Agriculture just released data from its most recent Ag Census. Refresh Working Group members have offered some interesting insights based on this new data, and we trace some of those assessments here.

 

Love and Service: How Chefs Can Improve the Food System

With an insider look at the food system, these chefs are working to put consumers in a position to take action, both large and small, to improve the way they eat. Knowledgeable and empowered, we can all make food choices that enrich both ourselves and the planet.

 

Farmwave Is Building an Online Community for Data-Driven Farming

A big part of why we’re building Farmwave is to connect people who grow, plant, harvest, distribute, and eat food around the globe with each other. Together, we can solve the challenges facing the global food supply network: technical interoperability, food waste, food deserts, and more. Technology can only get us so far; people will get us the rest of the way.

 

How We Can Take Care of Each Other: Equitable Food Distribution in the US

At SXSW, the Refresh Working Group (RWG) hosted a panel, “Re-linking the Food Supply Chain: Connecting Producers and Consumers,” a dialogue about reorienting the food distribution system in the US to enable more just and efficient outcomes. With three billion people worldwide suffering from malnutrition and 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, the panel offered critical insights into how the food system’s infrastructure could better serve both producers and consumers.

 

In Austin, Food And Tech Industries Connect To Address Food Insecurity

Originally published in Forbes, Food Tank President and Refresh Working Group (RWG) member Danielle Nierenberg discusses the limits and possibilities of technology in Austin’s local food system.

 

Google Fiber’s SXSW Panel: How Women Fit Into Agriculture and Tech

This article by Lea Thompson covering the Refresh @ SXSW panel “Telling a Different Story: Women, Tech, Farming, and Food” originally appeared in the San Antonio Current. 

 

An Invitation from Ankita Raturi of the USDA Agricultural Research Service

We invite members of the Refresh Working Group and food system stakeholders to come together and build open agricultural technologies that support our public agricultural research and our transition to more sustainable solutions.

 

From Farms to Incubators: A Must-See Documentary at SXSW

At SXSW, the Refresh Working Group (RWG) will be screening Amy Wu’s documentary, From Farms to Incubators, a powerful portrait of female entrepreneurs in AgTech. An award-winning journalist, Wu joined the RWG to participate in the conversation on food justice, equitable food access, and the positive role technology can play in agriculture.

 

Data in the Food System

The Refresh Food + Tech: From Soil to Supper report surveys some of the ways that data is transforming the U.S. food system. From farmers monitoring their cows with HerdDogg’s DoggTags to Agrisource Data using analytics to track food safety and quality throughout the supply chain, the implications for data in the food system are significant and far-reaching.

 

Wasted Food: Challenges and Opportunities

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.”