Food Security: Today's Challenge Requires Tomorrow's Leaders
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Excerpt from Remarks delivered by Paul Schickler ...
Excerpt from Remarks delivered by Paul Schickler
Chicago Council Symposium, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I ask you to consider what you are doing to support not today’s leaders, scientists, or farmers – but tomorrow’s. Because – the unprecedented task we face depends as much on those outside of agriculture and the next generation – as it does on all of you. We must create new forms of collaboration. And the enthusiasm of the next generations is needed most of all.
In the whole of human history, the revolution to modernize agriculture is probably the greatest story of scientific and technological achievement.
It's a journey more profound than Samuel Morse and his telegraph setting out on a path leading to Steve Jobs and the iPhone; it transcends most any of the other amazing feats of human ingenuity.
And here's the thing: This is a revolution that hasn't ended yet.
This is a problem that desperately requires the focus and attention—and yes, the enthusiasm—of the very best and brightest of the next generations.
My parents' generation put a man on the moon.
My generation put a computer in every pocket.
But they are child's play to the challenge of food security.
No other generation has been privileged to confront a task of such enormous complexity, compelling urgency or sublime consequence.
By your actions large and small – by the way your enthusiasm sparks the interest of a young professional in agriculture, by the uncommon way you do common things – you can make a real difference in this world.
For the leaders in the room, listen to the issues outlined today and make a personal commitment to engage the next generation.
Because regardless of the specific challenge we face – solving it requires their commitment.
To young leaders, consider how you will get involved. And then take action.
Make your commitment known because it will inspire others.
Like the young leaders in the video, we want to help you tell your story.
Together, I know we can feed the world.
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