I drink skim milk, occasionally pay $5 for a specialty cup of coffee and am a loyal consumer of organic vanilla bean granola. Growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, the only time I stepped foot on a farm was to get lost in a corn maze.
If you have been keeping up with the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders, you know that we are seasoned globe trotters. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but we have experienced many facets of agriculture this summer. From Africa to Washington D.C., we’ve learned a lot of food security.
Alexander, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, is studying international affairs and economics. He is fascinated by the use of policy to incentivize agricultural actors to be more sustainable. This interest in sustainability led him to research, form and present his own policy on municipal composting systems to his state senator and state representative in high school. He also has worked in the U.S. House of Representatives helping staff analyze policy. Alexander is mentored by Lisa Benton-Short in the Department of Geography.