I am a senior Environmental Studies major, with a minor in Hindi and certificates in GIS and Global Studies, concentrating in Ecology and Sustainability. I am interested in sustainable development, particularly of the global food system. The current American food system is not environmentally or economically sustainable – farmers often struggle to meet expenses and many consumers cannot afford fresh food, and the system as a whole relies heavily on monoculture and concentrated animal feeding operations, long-distance transport, pesticides, and fertilizers, all of which are environmentally damaging. I believe that relying more on more resilient small-scale organic practices rather than large-scale conventional monoculture is essential as climate change becomes ever more serious. With my experiences in GIS, community engagement, and travel in Germany and India I hope to be able to help effect changes in our food system by learning from other countries’ farming and regulation methods and by thinking deeply about the practice and consequences of our current neoliberal capitalist system.
Environmental Studies (BA)