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Right Person, Place and Time

Excerpt from an article by Cliff Newell in, December 13, 2012.

Patricia Allen is the right person at the right place at certainly the right time to direct the new food systems & society department at Marylhurst University.

"We talked to lots of good people," said Paul Ventura, chairman of Marylhurst's Department of Sustainable Business. "We hired a great person."

It will take a great person to take on a huge problem. Ventura has a stack of disturbing statistics.

  • 40 percent of agriculture production is wasted.
  • One in six Americans are hungry.
  • Agriculture uses 80 percent of the water, 50 percent of the land and 10 percent of the energy.

"These are not sustainable numbers," Venture said.

"Now is the time for change on the ground," Allen said.

The best thing about Allen's program is that it will deal with the entire spectrum of food production, including health, business and equity issues.

"All of our students will be doing projects," Allen said, "involving theory, evaluation and coming up with new ideas. People will select their own project so they can work in the area they're most interested in."

"In this program we'll get our students to be pioneers," Ventura said.

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