They say the more you know, the less you know. After studying sustainability and food for about five years, I’d say that’s definitely true. I have always had an interest in food and flavors, but it was when I spent a year abroad after high school that I became fascinated and began questioning why fruits and vegetables behaved differently than at home and where the food actually comes from. These thoughts led me to study Meal Ecology at Örebro University. When I graduated, I had learned a lot about sustainability in the food system, and several aspects of food from farm to fork, such as food safety, environmental toxicology, consumer behavior and food culture. I developed a passion for food in a new way, and food became much more complex than something we simply feed our stomachs with. This masters program has given me the opportunity to broaden and deepen my knowledge and has fueled my passion for wanting to be a part of the solution. During my five years of interdisciplinary studies I have developed analytical skills and a systems perspective necessary for tackling complex issues. There’s still a lot to learn, but the broad knowledge I possess about the challenges, complexity, and opportunities of food has created a large and valuable toolbox that I can’t wait to use.
Enrolling in the Sustainable Food Systems Master’s program at SLU was an admitted change of course for both my education and career paths. A background in Biology had led me to the medical research field where I developed into a coordinator position. While I learned many valuable skills and contributed to exciting research efforts, it wasn’t quite the passion driven work I longed for. In retrospect, this change of course seems like a natural and obvious redirection as it aligns with my passions and interest in sustainability. While this program has covered aspects from the entire food system, it is the end of chain issues which pique my interest in particular. Equipped with a multidisciplinary background, systems perspective and current coverage of our broken food system, I am ready to apply my education and skills in a unique and meaningful way in order to contribute to a more sustainable food system. Please feel free to reach out to me!