Nature is so complex and vulnerable that it can only inspire a profound sense of respect in us. In my vision, the idea of sustainable living is simply a consequence of understanding nature. My connection with nature has deep roots, as I had the luck to grow up in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, where I spent a lot of time on all sorts of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing and learning how to grow vegetables. I moved to Bologna to study Environmental Engineering and completed a one-year Erasmus project at the University of Valencia. Besides acquiring very valuable technical skills, I also became curious about the bigger picture of sustainability. I decided to enrol in the Master’s course in Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, where I engaged with a broader spectrum of disciplines and met an inspiring international community. My thesis project took me to Nicaragua for three months to investigate possible climate adaptation strategies for smallholder farmers.
Understanding the close connection between food and sustainability, I also realised the profound changes that are needed both in the food sector and in our approach to food. After a year working as a food and sustainability analyst, I am really enthusiastic about starting a new chapter at Blonk Consultants. I am eager to work towards better solutions to help the food sector in this urgent transition to sustainable approaches.