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.
Margaret Hegwood, from South Windsor, Connecticut, is studying biological engineering and biotechnology. Her love for engineering is fostered by her work with Purdue’s Global Engineering Programs and is joined by a strong passion for international development and cross-cultural understanding. She has experience working with the Mandela Washington Fellowship and researching with a Purdue Global Design Team. Both have inspired her commitment to help provide people around the world with more than just access to enough food, but to the proper nutrition needed to live a healthy life. Margaret is mentored by John Lumkes in the College of Engineering.