Nourishing the Planet’s Innovative Interns

We have a whole new crop of staff and interns who are working to help complete State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet.

Today meet the rest of the team, Ronit Ridberg and Daniel Kandy.

Ronit Ridberg is a Masters student in the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at Tufts University, where her research focuses on assessing regional food system infrastructure. She has worked on farms in the U.S. and Ecuador and managed a farmers market at Boston’s City Hall. Prior to Tufts, Ronit was a Producer and Editor at the Media Education Foundation; her credits include four documentaries which critically examine the ways a commercial media system influences the public’s health. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and minors in Women’s Studies and Hebrew from Duke University. At Worldwatch she is a Food and Agriculture Research Intern and will assist with State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Daniel Kandy has lived in St. Louis, Missouri for the past decade. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on political ecology, environmental anthropology and geospatial analysis. His research interests lie at the intersection of human culture and environmental use, particularly urban agriculture and biotechnology in food production. His senior thesis compared the growth and trends of urban food cultivation in Northern Europe, the U.S, and the developing world.  Daniel first became interested in issues of sustainability and agriculture while studying the growth of the biotechnology industry in global agriculture. He has since studied biotech in aquaculture, nomadic pastoralism in Central Asia, and urban agriculture. He also works as a research intern for Ecosystem Marketplace, conducting research for the Forest Carbon and Biodiversity Marketplace groups. When not in the office, Daniel likes to play scrabble, read post-apocalyptic science fiction, and cook. Daniel will be contributing to the State of the World for 2011 publication and updating the Nourishing the Planet blog.

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