Food Dialogues℠: New York

Food Dialogues New York

Join the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) on Thursday, Nov. 15 for The Food Dialogues: New York. Farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits and media will meet for in-depth conversations on today’s most provocative topics concerning food and its production – antibiotics, biotechnology, and media, marketing and healthy food choices.

To RSVP for this event or sign-up to receive more information, please click here.

Panelists – As of October 4, 2012:

The Media, Marketing and Healthy Choices panel will examine how the media’s coverage of food and its health benefits has impacted consumer choice. This discussion also will address what more can be done to answer Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised. Expert panelists include:

  • Tracie McMillan, author, The American Way of Eating
  • Debbi Beauvais, RD, SNS, New York School Nutrition President and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson
  • Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Craig McNamara, California organic farmer
  • Richard Ball, New York vegetable farmer
  • Carolyn O’Neil, MS, WebMD, RD

For the Your Toughest Questions Answered on Antibiotics and Your Food panel, experts will discuss antibiotics and its use and application in animal agriculture. USFRA has secured:

  • Barb Determan, Pork Producer (Iowa), Heartland Marketing Group
  • Dr. Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, Assistant Director of the Division of Scientific Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives, Consumers Union
  • Keith Ayoob, pediatric nutritionist, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
  • Dr. Karen Jordan, Brush Creek Swiss Farms, North Carolina – dairy farmer and veterinarian

Your Toughest Questions Answered on Biotechnology (GMOs) and Your Food panel will include experts who are well-versed in the use of biotech seeds, including the benefits and concerns related to long-term health and food labeling including:

  • Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to “make a seed”, UCLA
  • Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmer
  • Dr. Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, Food Security, USAID
  • Gregory Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology, CSPI
  • Fred Kirschenmann, president of the board of directors, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and distinguished fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
  • Cheryl Rogowski, New York organic farmer

In addition to the panel discussions, USFRA has plans to announce farmers and ranchers who are finalists for its Faces of Farming and Ranching program.

There is no charge to attend The Food Dialogues: New York. To RSVP for this event or sign-up to receive more information, please click here.

FOOD MYTHBUSTERS: COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU ON FOOD DAY, OCTOBER 24TH

The myth of industrial agriculture’s importance to the international food market is exposed by the Food Mythbusters. In this great article, Anna Lappé explains the importance of non-GMO foods and also promotes the new movie Food Mythbusters! coming to a theater near you!

It’s a tired old refrain you’ve probably heard before: “Industrial agriculture is the only way to feed the world.” Even if you shop at your weekly farmers market, and love your local kale and carrots, maybe you also secretly worry: Are you cursing people to more hunger around the world for your organic proclivities?

Well, folks, the research is in. Study after study is showing the opposite is true: we can only ensure a well-fed world if we start shifting away from an agricultural system dependent on fossil fuels, mined minerals, and lots of water—all of which will only get more costly as they run out. Some of the most esteemed global institutions have documented that the best way to fight hunger—and grow food abundantly—is to go for organic and ecological production methods and get people eating whole, real food again.

So if we have scientific consensus, why don’t we have more public consciousness? You can find the answer in the marketing budgets of Big Ag. Thanks to well-funded, multi-decade communications campaigns by the very corporations profiting from chemical agriculture, many of us are still in the dark about the true costs of industrial agriculture and the true potential of sustainable agriculture.

Thanks to these efforts, we are inundated with messaging that we need their products—chemicals, fertilizer, genetically engineered seeds—to ensure the world is fed. We hear it all the time.

Read the rest of the article here.

Americans Eat Their Weight in Genetically Engineered Food

Renee Sharp has a great article on genetically modified food and the dangers of eating modified food.

Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year, a new Environmental Working Group analysis shows. On average, people eat an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food in a 12-month period. The typical American adult weighs 179 pounds.

These figures raise a question: If you were planning on eating your body weight of anything in a year, wouldn’t you want tomake sure it was safe to eat?

Shockingly, virtually no long-term health studies have been done on consumption of genetically engineered food.

Check out the full article at the Environmental Working Group.

Let others know why you buy non-GMO!


When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting our future and ourselves.

We’re looking to assemble a huge Non-GMO Click and Send Revolutionary Army. If you enlist, your job is simple. Several times a week until the election we will send you an email/post. Immediately pass it on, post it, tweet it, watch the clip, download the podcast, keep the message circulating in all the social media ways you know how. Sign up for the Social Army. Let others know why you buy non-GMO!

Watch the trailer to Jeffrey Smith’s new documentary Genetic Roulette

Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives
When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

Click here to watch the whole movie for a $2.99 donation.

Genetic Roulette, The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey Smith

Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite.

The biotech industry’s claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking book. Sixty-five health risks of the foods that Americans eat every day are presented in easy-to-read two-page spreads. The left page is designed for the quick scanning reader; it includes bullets, illustrations, and quotes. The right side offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and theoretical risks. The second half of Genetic Roulette shows how safety assessments on GM crops are not competent to identify the health problems presented in the first half.

This book, prepared in collaboration with a team of international scientists, is for anyone wanting to understand GM technology, to learn how to protect themselves, or to share their concerns with others. It is presented in the clear, accessible style that made Jeffrey Smith’s Seeds of Deception the world’s best-selling book on genetically engineered foods. As the world’s most complete reference on the health risks of GM foods, Genetic Roulette is also ideal for schools and libraries.

Check out Jeffrey Smith’s website, Non-GMO Shopping Guide, for more information.

Genetic Roulette, The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey Smith

Food will be the biggest challenge of the 21st century. Will you be ready?


Mark Winne has worked for 40 years as a community food activist, writer, and trainer. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his professional life and writing to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems as well as those that face their communities and the world.

Mark Winne