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Young advocates host diverse dialogue about food

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Buckeye Farm News

More than 300 Ohio State students hungry for discussion gathered to explore food and farming issues at the Collegiate Young Farmers’ second annual Farm to Fork Food Dialogues event.

The event, designed to unite students from all backgrounds for an evening of dinner and discussion, was held Feb. 11 at the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. About 60 percent of attendees were agricultural majors and the rest non-agricultural majors.

“With the general public being several generations removed from the farm, this event looks to create dialogues to help bridge this gap,” said Kelly Fager, CYF Farm Bureau liaison.

During the event, attendees tweeted their questions for the panel and their thoughts about topics being discussed. There was a lot of participation through Twitter.

Here is a sample of some of the tweets from the event:

“People want the most up to date technology in their phones, vehicles and computers; but why not in their food? ” ~ Sierra Jepsen

“Appreciated the opportunity to discuss how food gets from farm to fork tonight at OSU!” ~ Maddy Buschur

“Was General Mills decision to cut GMOs based on research or pressure from the consumer?” ~ Diane Gress

Fager said student-led table discussions and a panel discussion about biotechnology helped create conversations around food and farming. Topics discussed throughout the event include biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, food labeling and perceptions of food technologies. “The Farm to Fork Food Dialogues committee was very happy with the event and is looking forward to planning another in the future,” she said.

The Farm to Fork Food Dialogues has been chosen to receive the 2014 Student Organization Programming Award for Excellence in Innovation from Ohio State University. The award recognizes student organizations for unique, creative programs, events or initiatives that have led to a beneficial change and transformation for the organization and/or campus community.

Ohio State's student newspaper The Lantern, covered the event:

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