A GRAND CHALLENGE
Food production is a central concern for the environment and livelihoods. It dominates water extraction and pollution, emits as much greenhouse gas emissions as transportation, and is essential to the global standard of living. Innovation in food systems is one of the world's most pressing challenges.
One such innovation is local food which is experiencing explosive growth, reaching $7 billion in annual U.S. sales from farmers’ markets and local distributors. In local foodsheds, food production and consumption are located within 100 miles of each other.
Shipping energy in local foodsheds is well studied. But little is known about the broader implications of local food on the food-energy-water nexus. In the FRESH Study, an inter-disciplinary team will explore three overlooked food-energy-water synergies that could be enhanced by short distances between food producers and consumers:
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We welcome people from diverse backgrounds to our team of environmental scholars. Some of us develop computer models of the environment and others test these models by making measurements in the field. We find that our team has the most findings and fun when we work across disciplines. Email an introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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University of California Santa Cruz
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