Investment in our nation's talent pipeline must be a collaborative effort that includes academia, government, industry and professional societies, among others. I believe engineers themselves must lead the charge in helping society understand how engineers make a difference and why our profession is rewarding; acknowledging the skills that are required for success; and fostering a sense of community that attracts and retains the talent we need for the future.
Food production and distribution are not inherently destructive. Agriculture can also be a major source of carbon sequestration and a builder of biodiversity and ecological resilience. But moving in the direction of a sustainable and equitable food system requires reining in the power of transnational corporate agribusiness.