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cestories Issue 2.00 | February 2017

ACADEMICS A CES student sets out on a culturedmeat pilgrimage and explores cultural differences along the way

GET INVOLVED Discover how one of our students chose to immerse herself within the Maastricht community

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ACADEMICS A CES student's discoveries on cultured-meat & cultural differences

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GET INVOLVED Student film crew - Dutch style

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Quinn Steven is a CES student from Duke University in the Unites States, studying Advances in Food Science and Food Policy.

“When researching the university online, I discovered a researcher at Maastricht University, Dr. Mark Post, who is conducting research on in vitro meat production, which is one of the biotechnological innovations at the forefront of food innovation. This is a topic that fascinates me because it could be an environmentally and economically sustainable answer to our world’s hunger crisis.”

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Quinn has attended two symposiums whilst abroad: The New Harvest Conference on Cellular Agriculture in Summer 2016 and the International Cultured Meat Symposium this October 2016. We set out to ask her the top 3 things she had learned by studying her passion topics abroad…

“What I’ve learned about sustainable food (by being abroad) would be about the greater consciousness with which Europeans approach their foods, the open-mindedness with which some Europeans approach innovations in food, and the proximity Europeans have to their food.”

I think that this proximity to their food is what inspires Europeans to be more vocal about their food systems and preferences. Issue 27 | 234

Quinn Steven

1. Europeans are more conscious about their food, what it is, how it’s made, etc. and this is shown in the pride they have in their culture’s food, the voice they have in how food policy is made, and how they choose to grow their food. I did a project for my European Public Health class where I researched in the involvement of the public in food policy making and found that the European public genuinely has a voice in deciding how policymakers will craft policy. My project focused specifically on policy passed regarding laying hens and increase the humaneness of their treatment, which was initiated largely through public petition. This is something that has not happened in American policy making but I definitely believe should because I think it’s a 

better/more holistic voice to influence policy than the economic/political stakeholders who largely impact American policy. 2. I’ve learned that some Europeans are fairly open-minded when it comes to food science innovations that could lead to foodstuffs they would eat — example cultured beef. The project to create cultured beef for environmental purposes (it’s projected that cultured beef would greatly reduce the methane/greenhouse gas emissions of the agricultural process by removing the need for institutions like CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)) began here in the Netherlands, and the Netherlands has already promised to adopt this technology/test it out in the market when it becomes ready. Also from what I understand the Netherlands also frequently polls highest in willingness to try cultured beef CESTORIES

when it’s a foodstuff on the market. This is a double-edged sword however because while some Europeans are more willing to try new foodstuffs and new food technologies, there are also those who doggedly protect timehonored traditions. For example, Italians have DOC and DOCG certifications for olive oil, prosciutto, wines, balsamic vinegars, etc. that ensure that they are produced in only the most traditional manner and from the most traditional regions with the highest quality ingredients. They would probably be the least receptive to a food science innovation. 3. Finally, Europeans have such a close proximity to their food which is very different from the globalized or centralized American system. For example, I biked out to Groot Welsden with a few of my class mates to go apple picking at a local orchard (which we set up very informally by just calling a guy and showing

up at his orchard where he was kind enough to let us run free and pick apples to our heart’s content) and not only was it just a 40 minute bike ride to fields and fields of apple trees, we also passed all kinds of livestock farms and other farms along the way. It would probably have been no more that 15 minutes biking until we were out into the countryside — this would never happen in America. I’ve driven 9 hours to school and never passed a single farm. I think that this proximity to their food is what inspires Europeans to be more vocal about their food systems and preferences. I even saw this when I visited my friend in Barcelona. She told me that they had a cooking class and the woman who taught them said she would never even go to one of their open air markets, she had an individual vendor she would go out to see to get eggs, vegetables, meat, etc. and had a relationship with each farmer. That’s pretty incredible.    |    6




Catherine Cropp is in her third year at the University of Southern California. where she studies Cinema and Media Studies with a minor in International Relations. Her goal is to create media that can have a global impact on social change. During her semester abroad in Maastricht in Fall 2016 she wanted to take classes that would expand her global perspective and enhance the lessons I was learning while traveling. She decided to take courses for her minor and followed classes about Human Rights, Cultural Diversity, and the European Union. In her spare time she not only kept an amazing vlog with weekly videos of her adventures, she also joined Breaking Maas, the Maastricht University student news team, whom she first met during our Get Involved event..   Read her story in the interview below. 

Get Involved... And feel like a local Every semester CES organises its GET INVOLVED! information market, offering UM students the opportunity to get up close and personal with dozens of student associations, groups and organisations so that they can get involved during their time in Maastricht.


How did you get involved with Breaking Maas? I did research before arriving in Maastricht, and I found Breaking Maas. Then, at the Get Involved Fair, I had the opportunity to meet with the students in charge of Breaking Maas. I learned more about the types of projects they work on and how I could get involved. I was really looking forward to meeting locals who shared my similar passion for media.

Name the 3 best aspects of joining this student news team: 1 - I loved being able to meet students abroad who also enjoyed making media. 2 – Breaking Maas covers various events happening in the area, so it was really interesting to learn about everything happening in Maastricht through the stories everyone was covering for the show. 3 – Being able to work on projects in the community!

Why did you want to join a student news team? Making media is my passion, and I always strive to be creating media. Because I was not taking film classes while in Maastricht, I challenged myself to keep creating while I was abroad. Filmmaking and photography allow me to better connect with my environment. I wanted to join Breaking Maas to continue working on different projects, and to meet other students who share my interest. I was also heavily involved in my home university’s student television network, so I was curious to see what student television was like in the Netherlands!

What stories have you covered and what is your commitment to the team? Breaking Maas is constantly covering events, and the team was always very inclusive. I helped with an American Election “shortie” and I filmed an interview highlighting the World Press Photo exhibition. If people are hoping to get involved in the future, the commitment level is what you make it. There are meetings every week, where we all went over the monthly episode and the various projects that were being filmed that week.


Do you have to speak Dutch? Nope! Everyone in the organization was from all over the world, so we spoke English at the meetings.

Were you a part of film groups back home? Yes! The film school at USC has many organizations on campus that make it easy to get involved and work on students projects. I was extremely involved in our student television network, Trojan Vision, where I was the Executive Producer for our nightly talk show. My involvement in Trojan Vision was the main reason I wanted to get involved with Breaking Maas while abroad.

Have you noticed any cultural differences between the US and Dutch film industry? On the student level, it was really exciting for me to see how many students at Maastricht were interested in the industry. I was amazed to see how well managed Breaking Maas was and how they consistently produced really polished work. I was very inspired to see how passionate some of the people in Breaking Maas were about creating media, whether for a hobby or hopefully potentially professionally. This also was a very humbling experience. It became very clear to me how Hollywood is truly the global capital for entertainment and how many opportunities and resources are available by attending school basically in Hollywood’s backyard. I was so grateful the students working on Breaking Maas allowed me to be a part of their community, even if it was just for a short amount of time!

Has this improved your ability to make local friends and integrate into the local community? Absolutely! A met some really fun and welcoming friends through working in Breaking Maas. I wish our two schools were closer, so that I could show them around our Television Station. I kept joking with my friends back home that Trojan Vision and Breaking Maas, should be sister stations. Furthermore, just viewing all the different projects people at Breaking Maas were working on, allowed me to learn about various events and places in Maastricht. I would highly recommend Breaking Maas to anyone interested in media production. Not only will they be able to work on community based projects, but they will also be able to connect with some of the nicest people I met during my time in Maastricht!    |    10

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