Lindsey Webb '09
Major: philosophy and classics
"I am preparing for a career in food policy, and will be pursuing work in the thick of the policymaking process in the role of an advocate/lobbyist, policy analyst, or perhaps, one day, an elected official. Eventually I want to be able to say that I did something to improve the food system for animals, consumers, farmers, and the environment by way of legislation and regulations that are mindful of all of these points of view.
"Aside from an understanding of economics and political history, jobs like these require being able to really listen to and understand the perspectives of all actors on a given issue, and to be creative about how to reconcile them.
"One of the things I remember from my first-year experience writing class, Susan Allard Nelson’s ‘Confronting Moral Dilemma,’ is the absolute surprise I felt when I realized that food system issues that I had assumed were fixed, like how animals are raised on U.S. farms, are actually all up for discussion. Asking questions like ‘is that the way it should be?’ was a hallmark of my PLU experience, especially in my philosophy classes, many of which had a focus on applied ethics. There are a lot of problems in our food system (though it is not all bad!) and the focus on questioning and critical thinking at PLU is one thing that is going to help me solve them."