Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Organic, Sustainable
As a current graduate student and as an active member of the growing moving towards sustainable food production and land use, I strongly want to be part of the team that brings outstanding research and education to my community about pressing environmental issues such as loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, water pollution, and other issues due to the impacts of food production. I want to engage with growers in a direct, hands-on way by bringing scientific research to farmers in a manner that is understandable and applicable. Conversely, farmers also educate the educator, for they are the ones who implement ideas in the field and may have a better understanding of what works and what needs improvement on a broader scale. Therefore, I am receptive to the larger community’s needs and ideas. Since I am involved in teaching and research at the U of M, I am in a position to integrate teaching and research with outreach and education.
Furthermore, my training in the humanities, plant science, and food cooperatives as well as my international experiences provide an interdisciplinary and holistic view of issues ranging from integrated pest management to the socioeconomic and ecological values of managed landscapes. I am also interested in international education, because as we increase dialogue in sustainability and access issues and create a stronger sense of community, we become more unified and stronger together. We must share the resources, tools, and education available to us and reciprocate with others. I believe that access to healthful food is a fundamental right and that we can create healthful foods that also sustain and improve the environment.