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Hungry for the World: CALS Student Photographs Native Foods Across the Globe


By Robert Costello

To feed her passion for photography, Anna Herforth ’02 has taken full advantage of her travels throughout the developing world conducting nutrition research. A plant sciences alumna and current Ph.D. student in Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, she also has an impressive CALS pedigree. Herforth is one among 42 Cornellians in her family and great-granddaughter of George Warren, the namesake of Warren Hall and founder of what is now the Department of Applied Economics and Management.

Her thesis work examines the nutritional benefits gained through traditional African vegetables in the diets of certain Tanzanians and Kenyans. Her images from her many trips abroad (29 countries and counting) have garnered her increasing visibility within the Cornell community and beyond. Herforth’s photos have been recognized in competitions sponsored by Cornell’s Einaudi Center for International Studies and exhibited in Mann Library, with plans for a 2010 exhibition in a local Ithaca art gallery. Herforth says she was drawn to photography as an artistic outlet: “It helps me to see. It helps me to really look at what’s around me and recognize the beauty there in a way I sometimes forget to when I’m at home.”

Photos courtesy of Anna Herforth