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Teenage Hunger Fighter

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Nineteen year old Gretchen Mohr from Long Grove calls herself a Hunger Fighter. Last summer, Gretchen spent eight weeks in Bangladesh as an international intern.

She was a social scientist and did dozens of interviews with villagers. Gretchen was looking into the lives of the ultra- poor  in that part of South Asia.

She worked at BRAC, a non- governmental organization dedicated to reducing the cycle of poverty and hunger .

She did research and made suggestions about ways people in Bangladesh could gain access to some of life's basic necessities.

The late Nobel Peace Prize winner Doctor Norman Borlaug is Gretchen's hero. He was the man from Cresco, Iowa who worked for years in Mexico, developing a form of disease resistant wheat.

Borlaug believed that food is a moral right for all people. Gretchen says to win the war on hunger, a person must first start by winning the battle in his or her own backyard.

Gretchen says her internship helped her to realize her connection to people of a different country and culture who share similar goals and dreams.

Chris Green, Mohr's  former teacher in the North Scott School District, says Gretchen is helping to form a new generation of Hunger Fighters.

Gretchen Mohr was a 2013 Borlaug-Ruan International Intern.