Carol Wang, "Connecting Threads: Analyzing Agriculture's Impact on Climate Change and Racism"

The American food system’s impacts on climate change and racism are widely known of but not deeply known about. Though scientists, artists, and activists alike have tried to draw attention to these topics, they are still overlooked, especially by the current elite. Thus, through the storytelling power of patchwork and needlework, this project educates on and conveys messages about the history, impacts, and future of agriculture, through the lens of climate change and institutional racism. Rather than target these messages at those already in power, this project will guide young people, specifically students in the fields of agricultural sciences and public policy. Agriculture is not often put in the context of racism, and its future in the face of climate change is grim. Despite this, I hope that this project is not only a powerful lesson, but also a beacon of inspiration and hope.