Listen now (2 min) | I didn’t used to be into the environment too much as a kid. I knew it was important, but I didn’t see how it connected to my life. I had what I needed at home: food, water, shelter. As the daughter of Indian immigrants living in the suburbs of Chicago, my family and I used to go to Devon Street in the city of Chicago to get a huge haul of Indian grains and spices. This was when I was in elementary school. But by the time I was in high school, there were several South Asian grocery stores and vegetables just around the corner from us. I had no idea about supply chain or how food was harvested, I just knew that I didn’t have to worry about getting car sick on the way to Devon Street.
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