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A Day of Learning about the Past, Present and Future - AALP North American Study Tour

Friday began with a meeting with Syngenta in the heart of Washington D.C. The presentation followed a recurring theme: Feeding A Growing Global Population. Syngenta's Good Growth Plan contains six areas of focus:

  1. Make crops more efficient
  2. Rescue more farmland
  3. Help biodiversity flourish
  4. Empower smallholders
  5. Help people stay safe
  6. Look after every worker

The afternoon was spent seeing the sights. Classmates enjoyed visiting the Smithsonian museum of American History, Newseum, National Archives and the Botanic Garden. A group in the class even experienced the "Take a bike, Leave a bike" system in the city and navigated the busy streets of downtown Washington, D.C.

Class 15 then visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and words cannot describe how that made us feel. The stories, photos, videos and artifacts were very informative but it was a very strange feeling to walk through a rail car from the Holocaust that transported prisoners of war. The museum tells the many stories related to the Holocaust so these important events are not forgotten. 

Our last evening in DC was spent exploring the city some more, catching an IMAX presentation at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum or joining a Segway tour of the Capital city highlights. 


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