Food Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. This summer, my girlfriend and I went backpacking in South East Asia. We visited Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. On our first bus ride I could already tell this trip was different -- one year of plant science different. Among all the stunning sights, I was immediately captivated by the vast rice paddies. We visited during the rainy season and the rice stood green and tall, rising about 50 centimeters …
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Ben is 25 and lives in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Plant Science in Agriculture at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He works as a research assistant at one of the labs, studying wheat, cotton and tomatoes. His family also owns a small orange orchard; in season they sell their produce at the local farmers market.