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In the United States, 2.3 million Americans without transportation live more than one mile away from the nearest supermarket. These areas are called food deserts. Technology can help this population eat better and save money.


A population that’s expanding in an environment that consists of limited resources poses a problem for the future of mankind. As more industries seek and implement sustainable solutions, society is slowly undergoing a change where business leaders are starting to think about the impact that enterprise activities have on the environment. Resultingly, enterprise leaders and researchers are turning to technology to find ways to sustain the environment and humanity.


Researchers estimate that the world’s food producers must double production by the year 2030 to fulfill the dietary needs generated by the planet’s forecast population growth to 9 billion people by the year 2050. This is an enormous challenge in a world where the United Nations (UN) is also working to end all hunger by the year 2030. Technology provides faster solutions for learning about and solving these kinds of problems. Innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data systems are helping scientists make great advancements in sustainability research. They’re discovering valuable ways to preserve the environment by improving the ways that enterprises conduct business.


The Logistics of Putting Food on the Table

Technology makes transportation more efficient. To reduce the impact on the environment, scientists urge consumers to make more use of public transportation such as buses, ride shares and trains. If consumers were to follow the recommendations of researchers and use public transportation, they could reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 37 million metric tons and gasoline consumption by 4.2 billion gallons.


Food often travels great distance before it makes it to the meal table. In fact, this is a great source of debate in the scientific community. With some food products, transport is a significant source of greenhouse emissions. Some researchers argue that the carbon use of organic crops does more harm to the environment than the carbon emission generated by transporting food. Other researchers note that the sum of all current agriculture activities produce the maximum estimated level of organic emissions that scientists forecast the planet can withstand in total by the year 2050. Either way, food waste contributes to this problem double fold by requiring producers to grow more goods and then transport them to consumers.


The Growing Need for Accessible Nutrition

The American Nutrition Association designates regions that lack a sufficient supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole foods as “food deserts.” These are generally impoverished areas occupied by underserved populations. In food deserts, it’s difficult for consumers to access healthy and culturally relevant foods. Technology, however, is a solution for accessing nutritious and desirable nourishment. It makes it possible for supermarkets to deliver food to consumers. With innovations such as smartphone apps, even consumers who don’t live near supermarkets and are without transportation have access to healthy foods in select regions.


Researchers hope that technology will help them find more solutions for providing access to food for consumers who live in food deserts. Meanwhile, nonprofit organizations, social workers and government agencies are conducting outreach work to help consumers who live in these areas, including initiatives such as nutrition training and health advocacy. The entities also work to promote awareness of food deserts and distribute information about how to help people who live in these areas. Together, these individuals and organizations can help the residents of food deserts live healthier lives.


Sustainability in Food Distribution

Public demand has prompted enterprises to understand and mitigate the impact that their goods have on the environment. Innovative technologies have given enterprises this ability and resulted in a new supply chain term called “hyper-transparency.” Today, connected supply chain systems provide enterprises with detailed sourcing data. In the future, technology experts hope that the Internet of Things (IoT) will allow manufacturers and food producers to track goods throughout their entire lifecycle – from production to recycling and on through repurposing. Companies can already monitor inventories in real-time, and as more technologies evolve, their combined utilities spawn new, exciting - and sometimes unforeseen - applications.


Technology is transforming the world, and more enterprises are using it to take better care of the environment. One day, engineers hope that they can develop technologies that can measure the impact that all products leave on the environment. The development of this kind of empowering innovation requires the skills of experts trained in STEM sciences who can develop technologies into new and beneficial iterations.

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Healthcare has made massive developments over the past decade, thanks largely to technological advancement. Yet despite that these advancements are saving our lives, few truly understand how much healthcare has changed, and where it is headed.
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I had some spare time so I went ahead and read the article and here are a few minor grammar changes you might want to consider..

Where you have "In an article by Bradley University they cite research", I would suggest either
In an article by Bradley University, they cite research
or
An article by Bradley University cites research

Where you have "Incentives are being put into place to encourage the changes" I would suggest
Incentives are being put in place to encourage the changes

I would also change "Some of the tools that are being implemented to improve outpatient care includes:"
to  Some of the tools that are being implemented to improve outpatient care include:

And

"will be able to find the services that suits their needs."
to
will be able to find the services that suit their needs.
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Nope! We can definitely take out the link if you'd like.
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Welcome to 2018! Exciting things lie ahead in the world of tech. To start things off, we compiled great member articles on how to stay safe, ways to learn, and much more! Read on to start your new year right.
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Last month, the FCC voted to repeal Title II, the framework supporting net neutrality across all broadband ISPs. We sat down with Doug Walton, database administrator at Experts Exchange to gauge his opinion of what will happen next.
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We want LESS regulation and we DO NOT want the government to control the internet!
Stand AGAINST Net Neutrality! Don't listen to the scare tactics!
Twitter and Facebook and Google and many other repressive corps are FOR Net Neutrality - that says it all doesn't it?
Say something the SJW's don't like and you are banned on Twitter and Facebook! Google simply skews your search results.

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Let's take a look back at the commercialization of the internet to understand why keeping it open and neutral is in our best interest as a society.
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We want LESS regulation and we DO NOT want the government to control the internet!
Stand AGAINST Net Neutrality! Don't listen to the scare tactics!
Twitter and Facebook and Google and many other repressive corps are FOR Net Neutrality - that says it all doesn't it?
Say something the SJW's don't like and you are banned on Twitter and Facebook! Google simply skews your search results.

Freedom not Totalitarianism!
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Learn why we support net neutrality and why the topic is important to all internet users.
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How it *should* be is that both you and your ISP have the option to make that decision in the first place.  An ISP is in business to make money, and if there is a market for a sustained throughput product,  you can bet your life they will offer it, and then customers will be free to decide if they want such a thing.  

Surely you don't have a problem allowing people to purchase internet packages of different bandwidths.   Yet you are arguing for a one-size-fits all package where you VOIP traffic or streaming video site has dropped packets and choppy sound because somebody using the same ISP is spamming mailboxes and spam traffic is treated exactly the same.

You can't have it both ways.   You can't make an argument against allowing people to buy a package from an ISP for bandwidth for one protocol without saying you're against allowing ISPs to offer more than one speed for all protocols.   It is hypocritical to say people shouldn't be allowed to buy faster internet speeds for a specific protocol ... unless you also say that providers should only offer one speed for everything, regardless of what their needs are.
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Thanks for the response, David! It's nice hearing the counterpoint. Something that's been very tricky about this issue is how there is certainly some potential for good improvements that could come of more technical freedom for the infrastructure. I could see allowing some sort of prioritization for "emergency" traffic, much like we do for fire trucks and ambulances on roadways, for example... But if left up to an ISP, what would be termed "emergency" traffic? The highest bidder?

If the ISP starts saying that some traffic types are more important than others (i.e. VOIP more important than mass emails) then won't some people start thinking that their email is more important than when I'm trying to play World of Warcraft (a claim I'll disagree with ;-)

I think the key dividing line may be in how much someone trusts the big carriers to use their powers for good. And personally, I really don't. Perhaps it's because the one truly terrible customer service experience I've ever encountered, the one time I got seriously angry, was with my cable company...

Another point: In your example, you mention VOIP service being impacted by spam. But ultimately, why would I not get my throughput? Is the argument for eliminating net neutrality in order to bring about speed improvements really just a way to try to avoid overall bandwidth improvements?
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