We have a whole new crop of staff and interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this spring. Today, meet Ronica Lu.
Ronica has recently completed her studies in Environmental Health Science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she composed a thesis on the risk assessment and potential health effects of genetically modified foods. A concern about how the U.S. food and agriculture system currently operates and affects human health, sparked the topic.
Growing up in Hawaii, she has long been interested in environmental issues and holds a respect and love for the natural environment. On a service trip to Appalachia during college, she worked with residents to install a solar power system and prepare gardens for organic planting and composting, and listened to the unique struggles the locals face, especially in regard to the coal industry and the thirst for “cheap” energy. Ronica is excited to be immersed in the research of agricultural innovations for the developing world as a part of the Nourishing the Planet team. She enjoys reading, the outdoors, and getting better at basketball.