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Interns Reflection: Kirsty

By Kirsty Slemint

Shalom! My name is Kirsty :)

Thanks to UQ Ventures, an entrepreneurship and innovation program at the University of Queensland in Australia, I have spent the last four weeks in Tel Aviv-Yafo on an internship with the Association for Urban Farming.

Having spent the last four years completing a dual Bachelor of Science (majoring in Zoology) and Bachelor of Journalism, my sights are set firmly on a career in science communication - which is where this internship comes in.

At the intersection between research, economics and social science, urban farming provides one of the many solutions needed to combat the increasing food demand with rising populations.

What does that mean exactly?

In 2009, the UN General Assembly revealed that food production would need to double by 2050 “to meet the demand of the world’s growing population”. That is a shift from approximately 2.1 billion tonnes to some 3 billion tonnes.

Last year, I was lucky enough to travel to Jaipur, India where I wrote, directed, edited and produced a short documentary film that considered the impacts of urbanisation and the remarkable ways that animals were adapting to survive in this man-made world.

When the opportunity presented itself to come to Tel Aviv-Yafo and to work with the Association to learn more about the impacts of urbanisation, I leaped at it!

Throughout my internship, I have been able to see first-hand not only the ease of implementation from an infrastructure perspective but also seen a remarkable warmth from school children being educated in this field.

Having grown and cared for produce from seedlings, their understanding has fundamentally changed their behaviour toward food and toward the environment.

Though I take many away from this experience, that is the lesson I want to share. The way we think about and experience nature, the more we know about it, fundamentally changes our behaviour towards it.

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