Madeline Stuart


Resource Specialization Sustainable Agriculture
Region Specialization The Pacific
Hometown White Rock, BC, Canada
"I love the freedom to explore other disciplines, such as languages, politics, and history. I truly believe if we want to make our food system more sustainable, we have to come at it from an interdisciplinary perspective."

Why did you choose the GRS specialization that you did?

I have an increasing number of allergies, as well as an autoimmune disease. Since I have always had to be conscious of the ingredients in my food, and how its produced, I’ve grown to have a deep interest in our food system. Additionally, I care deeply about the environment. Agriculture has some of the biggest environmental impacts of any industry. Therefore, studying this topic at university seemed like a natural choice.

Growing up on the pacific ocean, I’ve become very interested in how our agricultural system affects the ocean’s biodiversity. When I worked on a farm in Hawai’i last summer, I got to learn about how pesticide use affects the ocean, in addition to island food sovereignty issues. I also love the culture of many Pacific Island Nations and would love to move to one of them in the future.

What was your international experience and what did you learn from it?

I am hoping to do one semester at the University of Hawai’i and one at ISARA-Lyon in France. They will take place in the Fall of 2021- Spring 2022.

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