Senior Media Analyst Ron Insana To Moderate The Food Dialogues(SM): Chicago At BIO International Convention On April 22

Biotechnology and Agriculture (GMOs) the focus of panel discussion featuring academics, media and farmers

Apr 10, 2013, 15:07 ET from U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

CHESTERFIELD, Mo., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) announced its line-up for The Food Dialogues: Chicago panel taking place at the 2013 BIO International Convention on April 22. This program entitled, "The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers" will feature a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia, who will answer some of the toughest questions surrounding GMOs. Panelists will also discuss what more can be done by all sides – including those who are not in favor of this technology – to give consumers access to information that matters.

The panel on April 22 is the first in a two-part series taking place in Chicago and will begin at 1:45 p.m. CDT and will stream live online at The discussion will be moderated by Ron Insana, senior analyst, CNBC and financial industry expert and will feature the following panelists:

  • Emily Anthes, journalist and author, Frankenstein's Cat
  • Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to "make a seed," UCLA
  • Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., freelance writer, speaker, columnist and radio host, Food Sleuth
  • Pam Johnson, Iowa corn farmer
  • Michael Olson, Producer/Host, Food Chain Radio
  • Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmer
  • Steve Smith, Chairman, SaveOurCrops.Org

During the event, the panelists will explore the many questions consumers have about biotechnology in agriculture – known more commonly to consumers as GMO.  In particular, they will discuss what additional information consumers need access to as interest in this topic continues to grow. Those interested in attending The Food Dialogues: Chicago at the BIO International Convention must pre-register by visiting  Information about The Food Dialogues: Chicago at Kendall College taking place on June 19 is also available on this site.

About The Food Dialogues

The Food Dialogues signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits, media and consumers together for dynamic panel discussions on some of today's most pressing topics related to food and food production. To watch content from past events, visit

About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®)

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) consists of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture working to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today's food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continual improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today's agriculture. For more information, visit Follow USFRA on Twitter @USFRA using #FoodD or on its Facebook page,

SOURCE U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance