Exhibit teaches college students how high-tech farming feeds the world
Near a busy campus sidewalk at Syracuse University, six students gather to listen to 22-year-old Malorie Bankhead talk about her passion for alleviating hunger with modern agriculture. Nearby, colleague Camren Gerner engages students in a discussion about the connection between their studies and solutions to the global hunger crisis. Gerner delights when a student recognizes that his engineering degree could help farmers solve water and fuel issues.
A few yards away, Mallory Weber brings two friends, who just finished racing on pedal tractors, over to the center of attention: a giant trailer painted with a map of the world. Weber shows them how to use the tablet computers to access the DuPont Global Security Index, a detailed database of infor-mation about food safety, availability and pricing.
This mix of fun and education is all part of the high-energy HungerU Tour, a special project of Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World effort. The interactive exhibit visits 19 colleges and universities and the FFA national convention this fall with one goal: educate students about the critical role modern agriculture plays in solving global hunger.
"Watching students connect what they’re learning in class with what they learn at HungerU, and seeing their eyes light up, is inspiring," says Margie Alsbrook, director of operations for the Foundation.
The Tour kicked off at Cornell University on Sept. 16 and is winding its way south, ending at the University of Florida. One stop took the 3,000' exhibit to New York City for a visit to Columbia University—and a taping of the "Today" show. At many stops, HungerU hosts meal packaging events in partnership with groups such as Stop Hunger Now, which feeds 10,000 to 20,000 families per event. Four campuses also host Food Forums.
The Tour is supported by individual donors, DuPont Crop Protection and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
To learn more about the fall HungerU Tour, visit www.hungeru.com or www.facebook.com/HungerU
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