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Meet your Director, Parth Patel!

Parth is a sophomore in the honors program pursuing a double major in molecular and cell biology and political science on the premed track. He participated in UCMUN as the assistant director to the UNHCR last year, as well as participating in his high school Model UN club for four years. Parth is very passionate about directing his own committee this year. He is excited to meet and work with all of his delegates. Outside of UCMUN, Parth is involved in many clubs and organizations including UConn PIRG, UConn KDSAP, Asha for Education, and Honors in STEM. During his free time, he hangs out with his friends and binge watches The Office on Netflix. He looks forward to seeing some great debate at the conference. Please feel free to contact him with any questions or concerns at parth.p.patel@uconn.edu.

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Kylee Dostie!

Kylee is a junior political science major who has been in UCMUN since 2016. This is her third Model UN conference; she was a member of Press Corps for the past two years. She spends her free time reading, catching up on Netflix binges, and mentoring. In the past, she was the public relations chair for Avery Point’s Associated Student Government. For the future, she hopes to get a job within the Congressional realm, and dreams of working for the United Nations. She’s very excited for this year’s conference! If delegates have any questions for Kylee, they can reach her at kylee.dostie@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.