Serving Those Who Are Food Insecure

Abigail Murrish | September 18, 2015

Dr. Abigail Borron is an assistant professor of agricultural communication at the University of Georgia. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband Earl, who is a marketing and branding professional, and their daughter Parker. In her opinion, having the opportunity to work on the complexities of both culture and food security is a privilege.

How would you describe your work?

Agricultural communications is a profession that forces you to stay on your toes and never become complacent in what you know or how you know it. So my work is threefold: teaching, research, and engagement.

I don’t expect my students to be agricultural advocates necessarily, but I do challenge them to be critical thinkers who can take responsibility—both ethically and professionally—for the translation of science, the development of messages, and the connection to highly diverse and complex audiences.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

When I’m collecting research data, it’s often done through in-depth interviews with individuals who are food insecure—that is, they are in the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food and are often struggling to make ends meet. When conducting an interview, it’s done in…

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