Addressing confusion about food

As a mom, there is not much that is more important to me than caring for my children in the best way possible. This, of course, includes their diets. Because of this, women make up a large majority of food purchasing decisions made in this country. Unfortunately, there is a mountain of misinformation about food out there, and it is leaving mothers confused about how to best feed their families. This confusion, and the tremendous power of mothers, has significant ramifications for the future of our food supply. Addressing this issue is of vital importance.

As a CommonGround volunteer, I have had some tremendous opportunities to work with women to help set the record straight on food misinformation. I was selected to participate in a panel discussion in the very first USFRA Food Dialogues held in Los Angeles. I also have provided accurate food information in multiple national media tours (two in New York, one in St. Louis) that reached millions of consumers around the country through print, radio and Web media, and I did a cooking demonstration on the Lifetime Network’s “Balancing Act” — a national morning television show. I also participated in numerous state and local events to communicate accurate food information to other women, including Ohio Farm Bureau’s Town Hall Ohio radio program.

I traveled to China two times this past year to meet with influential leaders in China sharing my knowledge of food, answering questions about GMOs and American farming with the United States Soybean Export Council. You just never know the opportunities that may present themselves.

I am very thankful for all the people who have provided me with such amazing opportunities in this industry we call Ohio agriculture.


This blog is part of Reese’s turn as featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter. Read her full eletter or browse the archive of past issues.

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