USFRA Announces Food Dialogues Moderator

CNN correspondent to moderate discussions on food, biotechnology and GMOs Nov. 15

Published on: Nov 13, 2012

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance on Monday announced that Ali Velshi, CNN chief business correspondent and anchor of Your Money and World Business Today on CNN International, will moderate The Food Dialogues:New York, on Nov. 15.

The dialogues will include a series of back-to-back panel discussions designed to answer America's questions on topics related to food, including antibiotics and biotechnology.

"The goal for The Food Dialogues has always been to create an environment for balanced discussion on how food is grown and raised," said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "The addition of a leading journalist like Ali Velshi is one way the USFRA ensures the conversation focuses on the tough questions that consumers and influencer audiences have about food production. We're thrilled that he will be a part of what we are certain will be a dynamic conversation."

CNN correspondent to moderate discussions on food, biotechnology and GMOs Nov. 15
CNN correspondent to moderate discussions on food, biotechnology and GMOs Nov. 15

The event will stream live at www.fooddialogues.com beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. ET. Farm Futures' Willie Vogt also will be in New York Thursday to provide complete coverage of the event. Please check back for additional information.

The first panel, Media, Marketing and Healthy Choices, will examine how the media's coverage of food and its health benefits have 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: Richard Ball, New York vegetable farmer; Debbi Beauvais, RD, SNS, New York School Nutrition President and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson; Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau; Tracie McMillan, author, "The American Way of Eating"; Craig McNamara, California organic farmer; Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, WebMD.

The next panel, Your Toughest Questions Answered on Antibiotics and Your Food, will feature experts ranging from veterinarians to consumer advocates, including: Keith Ayoob, pediatric nutritionist, Albert Einstein School of Medicine; Barb Determan, Iowa pork producer, Heartland Marketing Group; Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives, Consumers Union; Dr. Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, assistant director of the Division of Scientific Activities, American Veterinary Medical Association; Dr. Karen Jordan, dairy farmer and veterinarian

The final panel of the day will focus on the use of biotech seeds. This discussion entitled, Your Toughest Questions Answered on Biotechnology (GMOs) and Your Food, will focus on the role that biotech seeds has in society, including benefits and concerns related to long-term health and the pros and cons of labeling.

Panelists include: Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist, University of California; Dr. Julie Howard, chief scientist, food security, USAID; Gregory Jaffe, director of biotechnology, Center for the Science in the Public Interest; Fred Kirschenmann, president of the board of directors, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Cheryl Rogowski, New York organic farmer; Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean 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.