CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will convene a panel of farmers, ranchers, nutritionists and food pundits for a discussion on food production, nutrition and making healthy food choices this morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The Food Dialogues®: Washington, D.C. is part of the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.
"Health and nutrition are paramount to what we do as food producers, so this is an extremely important discussion and the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum is a great venue," said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "Consumers encounter food terms such as organic, conventional, locally grown, sustainably grown and natural on a daily basis, but do they really understand their meanings when making their purchasing decisions? Our panel will examine these terms and discuss making healthy food choices at the store. "
Carolyn O'Neil, the author of "Slim Down South Cookbook" and a nutrition advisor to BestFoodFacts.org, will moderate the discussion "Nutrition: Who is shaping America's eating habits?" Panelists include:
- Dr. Roger Clemens, Chief Scientific Officer, Horn and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Dennis Derryck, President and Founder, Corbin Hill Farms, New York, NY
- Bob Haselwood, Farmer, Haselwood Farms, Berryton, Kan.
- Dr. Craig Rowles, Partner and General Manager, Elite Pork Partnership, LLP, Carroll, Iowa
- Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN, Supermarket Health & Nutrition Expert, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer, USDA, Washington, D.C.
To watch today's panel discussion or to get more information on food production, nutrition and healthy food choices, visit www.FoodDialogues.com. To participate in the discussion, follow USFRA on Twitter @USFRA and use #FoodD or on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USFarmersandRanchers.
About The Food Dialogues®
The Food Dialogues signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits, media and consumers for dynamic panel discussions on some of today's most pressing topics related to food and food production. Since its launch in 2011, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has hosted more than 15 panels across the country.
About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®)
USFRA is a group of farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners leading a movement to answer questions about how food is grown and raised. USFRA provides resources and tools to navigate today's food issues landscape with a broader goal of building trust in American agriculture.
SOURCE U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance