I drink skim milk, occasionally pay $5 for a specialty cup of coffee and am a loyal consumer of organic vanilla bean granola. Growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, the only time I stepped foot on a farm was to get lost in a corn maze.
If you have been keeping up with the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders, you know that we are seasoned globe trotters. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but we have experienced many facets of agriculture this summer. From Africa to Washington D.C., we’ve learned a lot of food security.
Izaiah, from Norristown, Pennsylvania, is studying plant sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, he developed an interest in how we feed our cities and educate people about food production. Izaiah is co-director of Penn State’s Student Farm Club and has completed undergraduate research involving indoor hydroponic systems. He is very optimistic about the future of agriculture, thanks to innovative and sustainable efforts taking place on a global level.