Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

Program or Major

Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems

First Advisor

Maggie Dylewski-Begis


Buddhism is a religion deep-rooted in history, most prevalent in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. 3 These countries are “developing countries” and may not have the necessary infrastructure to succeed economically and have increased health risks, one of which is food insecurity.4 With climate change an increased threat, these areas of the world are more susceptible to environmental problems. The Buddhism religion strongly values sustainability, in both the environment and food insecurity. It values helping others, both humans and nature. Despite the adversity they face, Buddhists have dealt better than communities in similar situations of poverty and climate change with food insecurity, but there is still more improvement needed. 10,11,13 Intervention programs are needed to improve the food insecurity and environmental issues many Buddhists face. However, the Buddhist approach to life would likely benefit those who adopt it, and their health and well-being would likely improve. 19