Had the great pleasure of hosting an event at COSI yesterday called 'Food Dialogues'. The event has been done previously in LA, NYC, and Chicago. Lots of planning from the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the US Farmers and Ranchers Association. There were two hours of conversation... hour 1 focused on GMO and biotech in our food supply... hour 2 was all about sustainability. We certainly had a wide ranging viewpoint from the panelists and the conversation was lively and at times even heated. I was pleased to be a part of it because I think we've all gotten bad information about our food supply and some of us are even so far removed, we're not even really sure where our food comes from. For me the take homes were that GMOs are only present in corn, beans, and cotton and with all the feedback, there is no eidence of any detriment to our food supply. Some argue that these products being used in animal feed affects humans, but no research confirms this. It's great to have choices and most panelists agreed that it's choices and working together that keep agriculture and ultimately our food supply intact and sustainable. When I introduced a story that Chipotle has admitted to using GMO ingredients in their burritos, there was almost a 'yeah, so?' attitude.
Among the more interesting people on the panels... Lisa Hamler-Fugitt who is the executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, Ben Sippel who runs a 77 acre farm in Morrow County, Dr. Andrew Michel who's an assistant professor of entomology at OSU, and Ruth MacDonald from Iowa State University.
If you'd like to watch, you can see the sustainability conversation here. (thanks to the Ohio Farm Bureau for the link)