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About the Event

Ohio’s food community came together to host The Food Dialogues℠: Ohio to start a conversation and answer questions about food production, farming technologies and protecting the environment. We invite you to watch the discussion led by a panel of leading experts, farmers and thought leaders for a dynamic conversation about the future of food.

The Panels

PANEL 1:
BIOTECHNOLOGY (GMOs) AND YOUR FOOD

What impact do GMOs have on the environment and long-term health?  What role does science play when addressing issues tied to food, including health concerns, drought and feeding a growing population?  Get your questions answered in a discussion between farmers, ranchers, and leading experts in the industry of biotechnology that give straight answers for today’s most pressing food concerns.  

PANEL 2:
SUSTAINABILITY AND YOUR FOOD

How sustainable is our food production system and what effects does it have on our environment and the economy? What practices are being used to ensure a safe, sustainable food supply? Hear what farmers, ranchers, scientists and consumers have to say about sustainability and your food supply and how it impacts our environment and economy. 

PANELISTS : BIOTECHNOLOGY (GMOS) SESSION

  • Joel Riley, [Moderator], WTVN
  • Jane Boback , Registered Dietician
  • Allen Armstrong, Ohio grain farmer
  • Andy Michel, Assistant Professor, Entomology, The Ohio State University
  • Casey Hoy, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management
  • Ruth MacDonald, RD PhD, Professor and Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University
  • Mike Sopko, 35-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Ohio Restaurant Association board member and treasurer
  • Doug Billman, Ohio organic dairy farmer

PANELISTS: SUSTAINABILITY SESSION

  • Joel Riley, [Moderator], WTVN
  • Pat Hord, Ohio livestock farmer
  • Ben Sippel, Ohio farmer
  • Joe Logan, Director of Agricultural Programs, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Marty Matlock, Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and College of Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director, Ohio Food Banks Association