Closing the Food Gap in Food-Insecure Communities

This is an excerpt from a longer article recently published in Sight & Life magazine (August 2019). It is co-authored by Refresh Working Group members Danielle Nierenberg, Alicia Powers and Sarah Papazoglakis. Recent digital innovations in e-commerce, online grocery shopping, and food and meal delivery services are helping to address food and nutrition insecurity by […]

 

Datasets Powering the Food Industry

Datasets are a key ingredient that feeds data-driven tools for the food system. They are repositories of statistics, images, and/or other relevant information about a particular subject. In the food system, these collections of information on agriculture, food retail, or nutrition, for example, are among the important reservoirs of data used to develop food and […]

 

Melinda Dittmer: Breaking Down Silos in Ag and Food

Melinda Dittmer is the COO of Nexyst 360—a new midwest-based startup developing revolutionary storage, distribution, and product preservation systems with the goal of harvesting and transporting crops, like grain, with 100% traceability back to the field. In her role, she is helping to innovate new technologies that could help to reduce the costs of farming, […]

 

Data-Driven Nutrition in the Digital Age (Excerpt)

This is an excerpt from a longer article recently published in Sight & Life magazine (August 2019). It is co-authored by Refresh Working Group members Danielle Nierenberg, Alicia Powers and Sarah Papazoglakis. Overview Today, data-driven technologies are being used to improve nutrition and health outcomes at the individual level and on a global scale. For […]

 

Broadband Critical for AgTech Development

This is a guest post from Refresh Working Group member Amy Wu, founder and chief content creator of From Farms to Incubators, a multimedia initiative that spotlights women in food, farming, and agtech. She is also a member of the Refresh Working Group Broadband Committee. City of Salinas, “Salad Bowl of the World,” moves to […]

 

Vote for Refresh at SXSW 2020

Refresh hopes to return to SXSW March 13-22, 2020  in Austin, Texas! YOU can help us get there by voting for our panel, “The Data-Driven Food System: From Soil to Supper,” before the selection period ends on Friday, August 23rd. How to Cast Your Vote Visit our SXSW page: https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/96531 Create a #PanelPicker account Confirm […]

 

Kevin Krueger: Building Sustainable Food Programs at Scale

For Kevin Krueger—the Procurement and Sustainability Manager at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a Refresh Working Group Member—the hospital cafeteria plays a vital role in the fight to prevent, treat, and cure catastrophic pediatric diseases. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing well over one million meals a year.  Inspired by the innovative […]

 

15 Inspiring Women Leading in the AgTech Sector

[Re-post from Food Tank] This article by Thea Walmsley and Danielle Nierenberg originally appeared on the blog for Food Tank, a think tank committed to environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways to fortify the global food system. Nierenberg is President of Food Tank and an expert in sustainable agriculture and gender and populations. In the […]

 

The Independent Grocer of the Future

The Shifting Landscape of Food Retail Building what The Wall Street Journal calls the “store of the future,” major grocers are investing in new, digitally-networked models that track consumer data and incentivize customer loyalty through cloud-based rewards programs. In fact, the same article calls technologically optimized shopping experiences “one of the most important weapons in […]

 

Food Traceability Technologies

The Smart Supply Chain The International Food Information Council identified transparency as one of the “Five Food Trends To Watch in 2019.” People are not only interested in where their food comes from but have come to expect it as consumer awareness grows around the environmental (and other) impacts of the journey from “farm to […]