My first week here has felt more like a month than 7 days, but that’s because of all the amazing experiences I have already had.
My program is called The Food and Water Watch and works to protect the essential resources on earth, so that they will be available for this generation and generations to come. At first, I thought this meant that we would simply be working to ensure that the people of Detroit had clean drinking water and that we would work with organic farmers to try to make their food more accesible to people, locally. As it turns out, my project is much more related to my interests in public policy!
My specific project is going to involve me reaching out to Organic and sustainable farmers to provide evidence that the food system has put them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to competing with factory farms. Not only does this give me an opportunity to work in the context of policy, which I’m familiar with and enjoy, but I will also get to understand our agricultural system which is a new experience for me.
From what I can tell so far, I think this project is going to test me in a lot of ways, since this is the first time I’ve worked on survey creation, and the first time my research will actually go towards impacting policy. I’m very anxious to get started!