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New Project To Map Food, Energy And Water Systems Nationwide

What’s the relationship between a salad on a New York City restaurant table, and the ongoing drought here in the Southwest?

A new, first-of-its-kind effort will help explain. The “FEWsion” project will map the country’s food, energy and water systems – and detail how they connect with each other. It’s being funded by a $3 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

Ben Ruddell, an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, is leading the project.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.