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A Brief, Belated Introduction

In Our Network on 18/06/2010 at 8:50 am

Sawadeekrap… (Hello!)

My name is Abe (uh-bee) Levine.  I am a religious studies major and a food and political science minor at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.  I spent this past semester looking at the human perspective, the on the ground effects, of development and globalization in Khon Kaen, and as Bennett wrote, living and learning with villagers.  This summer I will be working to develop a focus group of consumers from the Green Market (Dthalad See Keow); it will be modeled after groups in the States that organize C.S.A.s (community supported agriculture) and work together to create other initiatives related to organic agriculture in their communities. 

On the side, I will be attending meetings, reporting on new initiatives, and getting my bosses sticky rice and Nestle coffee- actually the best thing about this internship is that I have no bosses, just several intelligent, formative advisor-farmers.  Thus far, I’ve had the chance to till fields, begin the life of rice (plant), speak with monks about agriculture, and question consumers- from grandmothers, to runners, to government clerks- about their perspectives on food.  Currently, we are finishing up a booklet of urban consumer attitudes and trends regarding food, which will be used as an organizing tool by the focus group amongst other partners of the AAN (see Yasothon Green Market Consumer Booklet ).  The members and families of this network have welcomed me overwhelmingly; I feel like a budding plant surrounded by fresh compost, and I only hope that I can return the rich nourishment.

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