Next week as the BIO International Convention comes to Chicago, centered in America’s heartland where food commodities are exchanged and philosophies about agricultural production are debated, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) will host The Food Dialogues, which bring together farmers, industry experts, scientists, pundits, media and consumers with varying perspectives.
The Food Dialogues: Chicago panel on April 22 at the BIO Convention is called, “The Straight Story on Biotech In Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers.” Experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and acedmia will make up the dynamic panel to answer some of the toughest questions surrounding GMOs. They’ll discuss what more can be done by all sides – including those who are not in favor of the technology – to give consumers access to information that matters.
Ron Insana, senior analyst, CNBC and financial industry expert, will lend his expertise as the panel moderator. Panelists include:
- 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
This event is designed to answer America’s questions on some of today’s most provocative issues surrounding food and agriculture. The panelists will explore the many questions consumers have about biotechnology in agriculture – known more commonly to consumers as GMO. In particular, they will address 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 www.fooddialogues.com. The panel on April 22 is taking place at 1:45 p.m. CDT, and will also stream live online at www.fooddialogues.com.