On February 21, we’re hosting a panel discussion that explores the question, “Nutrition: Who is Shaping America’s Eating Habits?” Today’s consumers are challenged with an overwhelming amount of choices. And even though choices are a great thing, sometimes it leads to confusion, especially when there’s so much misinformation about how food is grown today. This misinformation can then lead to misconceptions.

Increasingly, people are hearing food terms, such as “organic,” “conventional,” “natural” and “locally grown,” and associating them with being healthier whether it be because of media and pop culture influences, creative marketing campaigns or even premium pricing.

Thus, we are holding an open panel discussion about how much consumers understand the meaning of these terms, and whether it is influencing their purchasing habits.

The panel will be moderated by Carolyn O’Neil, author of “Slim Down South Cookbook” and nutrition advisor to BestFoodFacts.org, and will include:

  • Jim Call, Farmer, Call Farms, Madison, Minn.
  • Dr. Roger Clemens, Chief Scientific Officer, Horn and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Dennis Derryck, President and Founder, Corbin Hill Farms, New York, NY
  • Dr. Craig Rowles, Partner and General Manager, Elite Pork Partnership, LLP, Carroll, Iowa
  • Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN, Supermarket Health & Nutrition Expert, Phoenix, Ariz.

Tune into the panel discussion on FoodDialogues.com at 10 a.m. EST on February 21 as we stream live from the event in Washington, DC.

Follow the discussion on Twitter from @USFRA and join the conversation by using the hashtag #FoodD. Share this information with your social media followers, and urge them to join the conversation too!

To learn more about the Food Dialogues: Washington, DC at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum visit: http://www.FoodDialogues.com/events/food-dialogues-washington-d.c.