On Social Leadership for a Generation Mired in Debt:
You’re correct that this generation has enormous opportunity and you’re absolutely correct that they have enormous debt. Student debt now exceeds home mortgage loans and car loans. Those have fallen off precipitously yet student debt is on a rampant rise. I get that you have to make choices.
I would say to them it matters. It matters to the person who eats today. It matters to the food that gets delivered. It matters that a child was able to have breakfast and go to school. It just matters. I think for this audience who might feel so overwhelmed, I would say to them you can give up the latte and make that equal contribution. You can maybe give up whatever the bar bill is on Friday and Saturday night with your friends and do something else. You have to find what that is for yourself. We’ve all gotten here because of others.
This generation too will make a huge difference but what have they been given? They have been given more opportunity than ever before. Whether they have brains – that’s a different story, right? They’ve clearly been given opportunity.
The challenge for the food movement: how do you build a system in which farms can thrive and low-income consumers can get what they need? That's the nut that nobody's been able to crack but we're working on it.
Where there's suddenly opportunity is around this exciting innovation in the genetic space. Now you can do all of this very powerful testing to identify genetic disease risk. With Genepeeks, we are going from two screened diseases to 500.