Announcing the USDA-Microsoft Innovation Challenge awardees

Today, the USDA and Microsoft announced the winners of the Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge was created in July 2015 to support President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative, which aims to harness climate data to increase the resilience of the American food system and foster innovation which will help prepare communities and businesses across the United…


Announcing the Innovation Challenge: using data science to create “food resilience”

While we know that climate change will likely affect every aspect of the food system—from our ability to grow food, to the reliability of food transportation and food safety, to the dynamics of international trade in agricultural goods—we don’t yet know how to anticipate and mitigate against what may be negative changes. With this in…


How might climate change affect our food supply?

It’s no easy question to answer, but prudence demands that we try. Thus, Microsoft and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have teamed up to tackle “food resilience,” one of several themes that make up the White House’s Climate Data Initiative. “Through his Climate Data Initiative, President Obama is calling for all hands on…