Shared Data, Community Ties Key to Food Security

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Policymakers and scientists from all over the world gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture.

The conference calls on global leaders to consider agricultural data: how to share it, how to use it, and how it might help address global food security.

Three experts say the conference matters to Arizona, too, because access to data could foster local food security.

Shane Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Eric Lyons, assistant professor of plant sciences and senior scientific developer of the iPlant Collaborative, were featured on an April 30 episode of "Arizona Illustrated" to discuss the G-8 conference and the ways open data on agriculture can help address world food security challenges. View this episode at the link below.

Visit the White House blog to learn more about iPlant's participation in the G-8 conference.

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