Alexa Mestas
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I am currently a graduate student in Rome working towards a master’s degree in Food Studies. I have a background in Political Science and Middle East Peace Studies that has narrowed in my new research concerning gastro-diplomacy, its possible impacts on cultural heritage, conflict resolution, and peace relations.

Displaced by War, Refugees Find Hope in their Food Culture

Food connects cultures across the globe, highlighting our similarities and sparking positive interests in our differences. With such power, food is being used as a tool to alleviate issues in the Syrian refugee crisis.

Italy’s New Law Battles Food Waste

Italy makes strides in removing edible waste from the streets and placing it on plates in homes.