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Food Dialogues®: North Carolina panelists answer your questions

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Lynda Loveland, Food Dialogues Moderator, WRAL-FM MIX101.5, MIX Morning Show Host

On September 19, 2013, the North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, hosted The Food Dialogues®: North Carolina. The goal was to reconnect our state with the foods we eat and the farmers that feed us.

This was done through two panel-based discussions that addressed questions related to what’s on our plates and how our food is raised and grown. WRAL-FM, MIX101.5 radio personality Lynda Loveland led the discussion among our panel of experts including farmers, food scientists, health care professionals and leaders in the consumer food service industry.

To watch videos of each of these panels, please click the links below:
PANEL 1: WHAT’S ON MY PLATE?
PANEL 2: WHO IS MY FARMER?

Both of these panels included a Q&A session to address questions submitted by attendees and our online viewers. We were not able to address all of the great questions during the event, so Lynda reached out to our experts and has compiled the following responses.

Food Dialogues®: North Carolina Audience Questions (Click links below to read responses):

Dr. Irons shared he is not concerned about organic vs. conventionally grown and GMO vs. natural. Why is America suffering an obesity epidemic and major health concerns? Is Dr. Irons not considering that these forms of agriculture are affecting the health of our country?

Dr. Tom Irons, if you believe that there is no difference between organic and conventionally grown foods, they why do you choose to pay the higher price point for the organic food that you and your family love to eat?

Twitter: You discussed in depth the values of fresh produce. Can you speak about the importance of frozen, canned or further processed foods?

What about the max capacity an organic farm can produce versus a conventional farm? Can organic feed the population in terms of cost and land use collectively?

Enough food for the people of the world? Why not encourage people to eat vegetarian – meat uses so much more resources thereby decreasing the amount of food available to people.

Chef Howard is doing her part to support local farmers, but how can NC better support our small farmers/ranchers? Are more regional processing facilities helpful?

It is easy to view the issues around large industrial farming (animal waste, non-point pollution) as a problem concerning corporate profits and greed. Of course, it’s more complicated than that. Please discuss how consumer demands have changed over the last 20 years and how the demand for virtually unlimited, convenient and inexpensive food has changed the way we practice agriculture in America.

Does antibiotic resistance stem more from non-prudent use among humans or more from misuse in the animal production industry?

For Dr. Thakur: I just heard that antibiotics are fed to pigs to make them gain weight. Is that true?

Do you think the import and export ban on European beef should be lifted? What would this do to our US market?

Does the “precise” form of genetic modification (as Dr. Greg Copenhaver referred to) accelerate the development of pesticide resistance?

With a projected 9 billion people in the world by 2030, it seems likely biotechnology will be used to help feed this population. So where should the education start on informing the public/non-farmers about the benefits of biotechnology? How do we set aside the “science language” and get back to consumer understanding and belief that the US has the safest food supply in the world?

There are many food safety regulations in animal production and processing. How does this affect niche markets? Do you test for E Coli 0157:H7?

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