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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.

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.