FEW-View™ Release – In the Media

FEW-View™ was released to the public on April 29, 2019.

Media coverage included:

Podcast | Crucial FEWSION™
Science360 Radio – June 2019
Mapping food, energy and water in the U.S.
This podcast features the latest findings from FEWSION, a collaboration among researchers and citizen scientists to create the first detailed map of the U.S. food, energy and water system.


Podcast | Mapping the Nation’s Entire Food, Energy and Water Supply Chain
by Robert J. Bowman
SupplyChainBrain – June 7, 2019
For the first time ever, there’s a publicly available map of the food, energy and water supply chains of every community in the U.S.

The online resource was created by a team of researchers and data scientists led by Ben Ruddell, associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. The FEWSION project shows the sources of every U.S. community’s food, oil, gasoline, natural gas, electricity and water. (Machinery and electronics are included as well.) On this episode, we learn about the initiative from Ruddell and lead research scientist Richard Rushforth. They’ll discuss how it came to fruition, how they were able to tap multiple government data sources, and the purposes that the map serves. They include the ability to better plan for natural disasters, promote supply-chain sustainability in local markets, show the environmental impact of individual commodities, and convey a sense of connectivity among communities nationwide. 


The Community’s View of Supply Chains
SUPPLY MANAGEMENT WEEKLY – May 28, 2019
Visibility and transparency along the supply chain are key strategies for today’s companies as they work to manage risk. But modern supply chain management may overlook a key aspect: the individual company’s place within the complete supply chain of the community its facilities are located in.

“When you choose to locate facilities in a certain location, you’re making strategic choices,” says Ben Ruddell, Ph.D., Director of the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. “You’re adopting that location’s supply chain and ecosystem as your own. You might want to look at how resilient or secure the electricity or natural gas supply is. When you join a community, you become vulnerable to what the community is vulnerable to, and you take on a role in supporting that community’s complete supply chain.”

Ruddell is director of the FEWSION Project, a data fusion project that maps the supply chains for food, energy and water (FEW) systems and other supply chains for communities in the U.S…


Science Gateway of the Month
Science Gateway Community Institute – May 23, 2019
FEWSION™ is building the first complete empirical description of the U.S. food, energy, and water system (the FEW Nexus) so that every citizen and policymaker in the U.S. can see where their food, energy, and water come from.

FEW-View™ is the online educational tool that helps U.S. residents and community leaders visualize their supply chains, with an emphasis on food, energy, and water.


New food supply chain platform highlights food waste and local sourcing
by Nick Esquer
Chamber Business News – May 23, 2019

…Now, we can see just how connected we are to the food on our table and how it connects us with the rest of the country. Through new data from the FEWSION Project, led by Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University scientists, food, water, and energy supply chains are mapped for every community throughout the United States, which makes big data more accessible and reachable to policymakers.

The project utilizes something called the FEW-View tool to gather data by performing massive big-data computations and displaying results in a way in which the average consumer can understand….

“Understanding your food supply chain can help you to anticipate how badly an event like a hurricane or swine flu will impact your food prices; basically, the more exposure you have to an event impacting your supply chain, the larger the price increase is likely to be,” said Ben Ruddell, an associate professor at NAU’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, who oversaw the project…


New food supply chain platform highlights food waste and local sourcing
by Nick Esquer
Western Free Press – May 23, 2019
Originally published by Chamber Business News on May 23, 2019


Supply chain of fruit vegetables mapped by data scientists
Fresh Plaza – April 30, 2019
Vegetables, like every other product, follow a supply chain that moves produce from where it’s grown to where it’s used. That supply chain can be tracked through data, and that data can paint a powerful picture of how food, water, and energy move throughout the United States. The data illustrate how every corner of America is connected. The FEWSION Project…


Scientists map food supply chains for every US city
ASU – April 29, 2019
What data tool says is bigger than just where your food comes from; it shows how the fates of far-flung communities are closely connected
No matter where you are in the United States, the food on your plate probably started its life in Fresno, California. …How do we know? New data from the FEWSION Project, led by Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University scientists, can now illustrate how every corner of America is connected…


Do You Know Where your Food, Energy, and Water Come From?
American Scientist – April 29, 2019
Food isn’t grown in the grocery store, water isn’t formed in your tap when you turn it on, and electricity isn’t made in your wall socket—but beyond looking at a few product labels, how much do we really think about where our critical resources come from? Part of the difficulty is that the path from supplier to consumer can be so convoluted that it’s overwhelming for the average person to figure out the route. So in our new research project, we’re mapping out the resources’ journey for every local region in the United States, and that will help to make these systems more accessible and resilient….


Data scientists map the supply chains of every U.S. city
National Science Foundation (NSF) – April 29, 2019
and on NSF Science 360 News
and on PublicNow.com
Public can now track where food, energy and water come from
Through FEWSION, follow the chain your food, energy and water take.
No matter where you live in the United States, some food in your kitchen probably started its life in California’s agricultural fields.
How do you know?…


Data scientists mapped supply chains of every US city. What it says is bigger than just where your …
NAU News – April 29, 2019
and on Phys.org
The FEWSION Project is the brainchild of data whisperer Ben Ruddell, an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber …


This New Mapping Project Tracks Supply Chains Across The US
KJZZ – April 29, 2019
By Mark Brodie
To talk more about it, The Show was joined by two of the people who worked on it: Ben Ruddell, an associate professor in NAU’s School of Informatics, …

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