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Chelsea Clinton on the Food Security Genome at the World Food Prize

by Perry Beeman– Oct 15 2015

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton’s parents always encourage her to speak her mind and to take action. So naturally, when she was 5 years old and had a beef with President Ronald Reagan over his plan to visit a Nazi cemetery in Germany, she wrote him a letter.


“I wrote: Dear Mr. President. I have seen ‘The Sound of Music.’ The Nazis don’t look like very nice people. Please don’t go to their cemetery. Sincerely, Chelsea Clinton.”


“I never heard back,” she told an audience at the Borlaug Dialogue at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.

But she remembered the lesson that she should have an opinion, express it and pursue her interests.


Clinton, vice chairwoman of the Clinton Foundation, book author and an adjunct professor of health policy and management at Columbia University, gave the opening address at Wednesday’s World Food Prize afternoon session. She then joined a panel discussion on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) issues with former World Food Prize laureates Catherine Bertini and Robert T. Fraley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and representatives of Google Inc. and Starbucks Corp.


Clinton detailed some of the foundation’s work in Rwanda, Malawi and Tanzania, which includes empowering women while fighting hunger. In one Ghana program, female farmers grow and roast peanuts that are made into a protein snack that is served in schools, Clinton said. A food company committed to buying the products for at least a decade. “I think that’s remarkable because it is empowering the Ghanaian farmers to own more of their own economics,” Clinton said.


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