VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University student Julie Greenwald is among a group of five young leaders in agriculture selected by Crop Science, a division of Bayer, to represent the United States at the third Youth Ag-Summit. The summit will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from October 9-13, 2017. The five U.S. representatives are part of a delegation of 100 from 49 countries selected to participate in a week-long think tank focused on identifying innovative, sustainable and actionable solutions to address global food security challenges.
Themed "Feeding a Hungry Planet," this year's summit aims to address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals of ending hunger, achieving food security and promoting sustainable agriculture.
“I am beyond honored to be selected as a delegate for the Youth Ag-Summit. Participating in the Summit will be an unparalleled experience to engage in dialogue with peers from around the world and synthesize ideas in order to make concrete progress towards sustainable, global food security,” said Greenwald. “Since the issue of global food security is so massive, we must be fluid in our thinking and constantly reassess our approach as the nature and urgency of the problem shifts overtime.”
Greenwald, from Wellesley, Mass., is a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova. She is pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Cultural Studies, with a minor in Peace and Justice. Greenwald spent five weeks living and working on organic farms in three Belgian cities this past summer. Field experience at home and abroad, coursework and personal research have all inspired her to focus her efforts—alongside peers—to discover solutions to one of the most complex problems of our time.
“I believe that nutritional, sustainably-produced food should be an inalienable right for all members of the global community,” added Greenwald. “Food insecurity is a local and, of course, a global issue which can only be truly resolved through global cooperation. In terms of environmental and social justice issues, now is a time when indifference is not good enough; inaction is irresponsible. I am hungry for change and for a better world. This type of hunger will not be satiated until no one is hungry.”
The chosen delegates – who all share a passion for agriculture and a vision of a world without hunger – will undertake group projects and participate in industry tours, as well as learn from expert guest speakers. Their mission is to devise concrete new ideas that can drive agricultural progress across the globe and be implemented back home.
“Julie’s selection as a U.S. delegate to this global summit is a singular achievement and represents the focus of our Environmental Science program in which students are encouraged to seek solutions to the complex environmental issues of today and tomorrow,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
To be considered for participation, delegates were required to submit essays on the topic of food insecurity, factoring in the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals. A total of 1,187 essays from 95 different countries were submitted, all of which were reviewed by a panel of industry experts, including six U.S. judges representing national youth leadership organizations such as the FFA and 4-H, academia, a former Youth Ag-Summit delegate and Bayer.
The 100 delegates attending this year's summit hail from the following 49 countries: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Visit www.youthagsummit.com to learn more about the Summit.
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