Snacks at the Table - January 23, 2019 - Food Dialogues

Snacks at the Table - January 23, 2019

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U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Responds to EAT-Lancet Report

Last week, the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health published a full scientific review of “what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.” This report, which states, “how we grow, process, transport, consume and waste food is hurting both people and planet,” offers an incomplete perspective of the future food systems required to meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. We agree with the Commission on various points, including “Food in the Anthropocene represents one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of the 21st century.” However, the report neglects to illustrate the importance of farmers, ranchers and agricultural scientists working together on shared solutions alongside the nutrition community.

USFRA believe there are five major pathways to address the food systems of the future:

  • Collaboration with Farmers: Encourage farmers and agricultural experts to collaborate with health professionals to enhance shared solutions and create research on sustainable food systems.
  • Nourish the Global Population: Ensure that agriculture meets the nutritional needs of a diverse and growing population.
  • Recognize Food as a Natural Resource: Recognize that food needs to always be put to its highest and best use and reduce the amount of food waste.
  • Mitigation and Adaptation: Enable mitigation and adaptation to natural resource constraints while improving production efficiencies for yield and quality.
  • Agriculture is a Solution for Ecosystem Services: Elevate the ability for agriculture to be a solution for the bioeconomy, food systems of the future, its ability to solve for climate-smart solutions and provide vital ecosystem services.

Click here to read U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Erin Fitzgerald’s blog post that discusses the five pathways in further detail. 

Join the Digital Engagers

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance believes that America’s farmers and ranchers are the solution to improve our sustainable food systems. In creating better outcomes for people, animals and the environment, we need passionate leaders to share these incredible stories on social media via our Digital Engagers.

If you’re interested or know a farmer who’d be a great fit, this is an opportunity to serve as a voice of agriculture and collaborate with a network of farmers and ranchers that can positively impact consumer influencers.

Involvement includes:

  • Lead discussion and grow community on engAGe platform that helps farmers activate on social media
  • Surround sound for food and agriculture at industry and thought leader events
  • Training other farmers about how to interact with consumers on social media
  • Content featured on website and social media channels

Interested in learning more? Contact Paul Murphy-Spooner, who’s leading the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Farmer & Rancher Network, at

Erin Fitzgerald Featured on Sustainability Panel at AFBF Convention

This year’s AFBF Convention and 100th Anniversary, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Erin Fitzgerald served on “The Buzz on Sustainability” panel alongside Nestle Purina and General Mills. The panelists looked at the different definitions for “sustainability” in society today and how consumers and farmers can speak the same language

Key highlights from the panel included:

  • “There’s not one definition of sustainability. How we define it in the food system is when the farming community, planet and our business all thrive together” –Jerry Lynch, General Mills Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
  • “When talking about organic, grass-fed, cage-free or other labels on food products, it’s not better or worse for you, it’s simply a consumer preference.” –Jack Scott, Nestle Purina Vice President of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing
  • “Often in the farming community, we believe we’re only 1% of the population. But when you combine food & agriculture, it’s 1 out of 10 people in the U.S. workforce. This offers the food value chain many opportunities to collaborate.” –Erin Fitzgerald, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO

Tune in for Farm, Food, Facts Podcast

Earlier this month on Farm Food Facts, our thought leader Zippy Duvall, who’s President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, discussed AFBF’s 100th Anniversary and sustainability on today’s farms and ranches. Our farmer feature was U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Chairman Chip Bowling who shared how farmers and ranchers are the change makers and why we need collaboration across the entire food value chain.

Please encourage your organization to share information about Farm, Food, Facts as a resource. To listen to our collection of podcasts please visit or subscribe to it on iTunes, Stitcher and/or Soundcloud. If you know of any world class thought leaders or farmers who could be featured, please email


Chip Bowling shares “We Want Every Farmer to Tell their Story”

In highlighting Chip Bowling’s recent election as U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Chairman, The Maryland Independent featured a spotlight about the opportunity he sees for farmers to inform consumers about the benefits of the sustainable methods they use on modern farms.

Chip shared, “We want every farmer to tell their story because it’s going to take all aspects of agriculture to feed the population that we’re talking about in the future.”

Click here to read the story.


Upcoming Events

Have an event you would like help promoting? Email Paul Murphy-Spooner at with the event information and USFRA will help you raise awareness via our social media and communications channels.

We’re always looking to feature our partners, supporters or farmers/ranchers who find interesting ways to inform thought leaders and influencers about today’s agriculture, so please reach out and share your stories with us!