Nutritional Sciences Program

Food Systems Major


September 16, 2021

Jesus Mendoza

Jesus Mendoza

Why did you choose UW?  I have lived in Washington most of my life and since I was young, I knew that the UW was the university I wanted to attend. In middle school and early on in high school, I wasn’t sure if my dream of attending UW would become a reality because of…


July 16, 2021

Building a More Resilient & Equitable Food System in Seattle

Community Partners: City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment Analyzed resilience framework from Boston, MA in order to add recommendations to Seattle Food Action Plan and build more resilient and sustainable food systems locally. 


The Making of Composting with College Roommates

Integrated research on the benefits of composting and experimentation by getting roommates to start composting.


The Organic Food Industry in China

Investigated the barriers that exist in the resilience and equity of Chinese organic food system and provided recommendations.


Analysis of Decreasing Arable Lands Issue in China and Korea and Strategies for Supporting Local Farmers

Assessed the impact of natural hazards and urbanization on the loss of arable lands in China Yangtze River region and Korean Gyeonggi province and introducing three possible solutions to help local communities improve food system resilience and equity.


An Exploration of Food Delivery Industry in Shanghai and Its Impact On Workers Welfare, Environment and Public Health

Explored and made recommendations for the food delivery industry in Shanghai, China during COVID-19 pandemic with intention to improve the system’s ability to respond to disruptions, strengthen and economy, and ensure access to healthy food


Where’s Our Food?

Community Partners: Plant Based Food Share; Farestart; King County Local Food Initiative Partnered with Farestart, Plant-Based Food Share, and King County Local Food Initiative with goal of improving food accessibility for farms that are owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Created an online food map and a website that offers easy-to-read food…


Where’s Our Food?

Community Partners: Plant Based Food Share; Farestart; King County Local Food Initiative Created food map and pamphlet that highlights BIPOC farms in the greater Seattle area to increase awareness as well as access to locally grown foods. The two-parts include an online version of the map accessible through a QR code on the physical pamphlets…


Incorporating Food Justice as a Value within Homeless Youth Shelters

Community Partner: Youthcare’s Orion Project In partnership with YouthCare and the Orion Center, produced an interactive food justice document and editable food budget model, which seeks to encourage staff at the Orion Center to implement values of food justice within everyday practices. Resources provided staff with tips on food justice, recipes that promote inclusivity, and a framework for creating…


Incorporating Food Justice as a Value within Homeless Youth Shelters

Community Partner: Youthcare’s Orion Project This project served as a beginner’s guide to food justice. Created poster and brochure to introduce the movement, the values, and the necessities of food justice while resources provided detailed information on the implementation of food justice values, outlining further context, history, potential for growth, anticipated outcomes, and returns on investment.



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