$2,500 winner

School: Cornell University

PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

“For me, urban agriculture is essential for urban development, but also has more far-reaching consequences by influencing people’s health and providing a connection to nature in the midst of concrete jungles. Our global population is rising at unprecedented rates, but more importantly a larger proportion of that population is residing in urban areas. Most cities rely on food inputs from outside and are dependent on large-scale industrial agriculture, an unsustainable practice that relies heavily on fossil fuels and reduces biodiversity by promoting mono-cropping. Urban agriculture provides a potential alternatives to this reliance on industrial agriculture and long distance transportation of food, and furthermore can enhance urban biodiversity, long distance transportation of food, and furthermore can enhance urban biodiversity, environmental equality, and improve nutrition and public health within urban centers.”