Growing up in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, I am admittedly a bit of a tree hugger. While I appreciate paper and houses and everything else that wood and pulp create, I also love trees. Aside from the abundant firs and pines, I grew up surrounded by trees that produced nuts and fruit and bushes that grew berries.

But instead of pursuing a career in forestry or agriculture, I decided to focus on nutrition. More specifically, I decided to focus on nutrition in developing countries, where children experience wasting and stunting from a lack of calories, protein, vitamins, or minerals.