Caroline Bridges Plante, 18′, Food Studies Major

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An Interview with Caroline Bridges Plante

What was the focus of your work in Food Studies?
I have become focused on the human rights of food producers in developing nations, specifically the protection of indigenous peoples’ lands and foodways, which was the focus of my thesis.

What did you enjoy most about your experience?
I enjoyed piecing together my interests in sustainability, human rights, and food throughout the research process, and exemplifying the importance of looking at food issues through both lenses.

How did your Food Studies classes experiences/degree/internship prepare you to work in the broad field of Food Studies?
From learning how to sustainably grow crops in Agroecology to the role of government programs in Emergency Food Systems, I am confident that I could successfully take my career in any direction I choose.

What’s next for you?
I recently moved to Denver and I will be starting a Master’s program in International Human Rights at DU in the fall.

Anything else you’d like to add about your food studies experience in general?
When people ask what Food Studies is about I feel like I could spend an hour answering their question. They usually conclude by saying it sounds fascinating– and I couldn’t agree more! I am so thankful that I found this program by sheer chance, and that I get to turn my love for food into a meaningful career.