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.
Katriel, from Carmel, Indiana, is studying plant genetics, breeding and biotechnology in the College of Agriculture. Through involvement with the World Food Prize, she traveled to China where she conducted genetic research on hybrid rice and saw the benefits of agricultural improvements for people in all walks of life. As a part of the Global Food Challenge, she hopes to bring together multidisciplinary solutions for advancements to food security around the world.