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Meet your Director, Srishti Banerjee!

Srishti Banerjee is a senior at UConn studying political science with a minor in Spanish. She likes to meet new people, which is one of the reasons why she joined Model UN her first year at UConn. Srishti did not participate in Model UN during high school, so she started off as a member of admin for UNESCO. She continued with UNESCO the following year as an assistant director, and last year was a topic specialist for UNICEF. This year she decided she wanted to be a director. Along with Model UN, Srishti is involved with the Human Rights Department on campus and the Global House learning community. During her spring 2018 semester, Srishti studied abroad in Granada, Spain. She loves to travel, play guitar, hike, read, and exercise. If you have questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact her at srishti.banerjee@uconn.edu.

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Nicole Ledesma!

Nicole Ledesma will be entering her senior year at UConn in the fall of 2019. This is her fourth year being part of UCMUN; last year she was a topic specialist for UNICEF. This year she is a topic specialist for SOCHUM. Currently she is a psychology major with a minor in Spanish. In her junior year, Nicole studied abroad in Barcelona and was able to travel throughout Europe, which is one of her favorite things to do. Getting involved at UConn is a very important aspect of her life; aside from being part of UCMUN, she is also a Husky Ambassador, so she does the Husky For a Day shadowing programs. In her free time she likes to read, workout, and occasionally watch Netflix. She is extremely excited to serve as a topic specialist for the 2019 conference, and anticipates hearing great debates for this year’s topics. She can be reached at nicole.ledesma@uconn.edu.

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Topic A: GMOs within International Food Supply

In the last century, many strides in the field of science have increased the distribution and abundance of food supply. The most important stride was the creation of genetically modified organisms. Through the introduction of GMOs into our food supply, many crops have been modified for higher production at larger quantities in order to feed exponentially rising  populations. Nowadays, several nations around the world use GMOs very frequently in the production of their crops while other nations, specifically those in the EU, have rejected the institution of GMOs in their food supply. Meanwhile, there are still nations who do not have access to the technology needed to produce GMOs. In rural regions in Africa, the institution of GMOs is uncommon, but it would be very useful in increasing the local food supply. A program referred to as the Seeds for Change has introduced genetically modified seeds to be planted in regions of infertile soil. The seed program is an example of how GMOs could help communities around the world where planting certain crops is not viable. As a result, genetically modified seeds are seen as a solution to the looming hunger problem in places of famine and drought. Simultaneously, some African nations are coming out against the use GMOs and refusing to accept international food aid with GMOs in them. In order to resolve the issue, nations must be educated on the use of GMOs and an agreement must be made on the use of GMOs with international food supply.

Topic B: Depletion of the Agricultural Workforce due to Urban Migration

The field of agriculture has changed drastically in the last few centuries as nations all around the world moved from farm culture to city culture. Since the Industrial Revolution, the migration of farmers to cities has caused a great strain on the world's food supply. The exponential rise of the human population has not aided in reducing this agricultural burden. The agricultural workforce envision the cities as a place with economical secure jobs in a better living environment for them and their families. The issue of the farmer shortage is a worldwide issue as countries continue to develop. However, the abundance of the shortages and the causes of the shortages vary place to place. In general, the introduction of technologies into agriculture have made the field of agriculture more competitive, forcing many farmers to abandon the field as a result of being outperformed by farmers in their region. Additionally, the lack of access to proper resources to cultivate their farms has driven many away from the field. A proposed solution to the issue is the use of organic farming practices, although the logistics of this solution must be researched further. Unfortunately, the agricultural workforce shortage will continue to grow and cause a larger food shortage with the world’s growing population unless addressed soon. In order to resolve the issue, nations must come together and discuss how agricultural careers can be incentivized on a global and regional level.