Food for thought

Laura Grubb recently travelled to Canberra for the Youth Ag-Summit.Picture: Jon Hewson         www.communitypix.com.au   d442465
Laura Grubb recently travelled to Canberra for the Youth Ag-Summit.Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d442465

Ms Grubb was one of 22 Australians selected to attend the second summit themed Feeding a Hungry Planet, which runs until August 28.

The Murdoch University student, undertaking an honours research project on meat quality, said she always had an interest in how food and fibre was produced.

�My family is involved in many aspects of the agriculture industry,� she said. �I am very passionate about advocating the value of agriculture and what it entails to those not directly involved, such as urban based consumers.�

She said the 1500 word essay she submitted to be chosen, which was one of almost 2000 received from around the world, was a challenge to write.

�After a few attempts at writing the essay I decided to stick with technologies based on farm, only drawing attention to a handful of areas that could be addressed,� she said.

�Sustainable food production is a very hot topic in agriculture right now so I have been exposed to many different ideas right along the food chain so I am looking forward to discussing these ideas at the summit.�

Future Farmers Network Australia chief Georgie Aley said there was a need to nurture the next generation of leaders in agriculture in order to meet the demands of a growing population.

The delegates and 33 accompanying mentors will meet in Canberra to network, hear from guest speakers and participate in debates, discussions, group work and industry tours.

The Summit aims to generate innovative, sustainable and actionable solutions.