Food and Water

Will ordering groceries online lead to healthier choices by food stamp recipients?

Wed, 2017-01-18 15:15 -- Compassionate C...

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?

Novel approaches take on food waste (and hunger and GHGs too)

Tue, 2017-01-17 14:15 -- Compassionate C...

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.

How a UK supermarket works with towns and technology to reduce food waste

Sat, 2016-12-10 10:10 -- Compassionate C...

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.

Feeding the hungry: Digital giving options expand (and so does the need)

Thu, 2016-11-17 06:16 -- Compassionate C...

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?

Energy and water efficiency pilot is helping food banks cut utility bills, redirect savings

Mon, 2016-11-14 11:59 -- Compassionate C...

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.

Web-based efforts give ordinary citizens a way to help feed Europe's hungry

Tue, 2016-06-07 11:45 -- Compassionate C...

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.

CH2M designs system to produce food and clean fuel in the desert

Thu, 2016-06-02 06:00 -- Compassionate C...

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.

Can open data take some of the guesswork out of farming? Definitely

Fri, 2016-02-05 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

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.