The Food Dialogues at the BIO International Convention

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is hosting a Food Dialogues event at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago. The program titled, "The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers" will feature a panel of experts from multiple disciplines.

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  1. The event streams live beginning April 22 at 1:45 p.m. CDT at

    This event will be moderated by Ron Insana, senior analyst, CNBC and financial industry expert.b


    Emily Anthese, journalist and author, Frankenstein's Cat (@EmilyAnthes)
    Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist 
    Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., freelance writer, speaker and columnist (@food_sleuth)
    Pam Johnson, Iowa farmer
    Michael Olson, host of Food Chain Radio (@MichaelKOlson)
    Jerry Slocum, Mississippi farmer
    Steve Smith, chairman of
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  3. The GMO Panel discussions begins TODAY at 1:45 p.m. CT. 

    Please stay tuned for our live social media coverage of the event.
  4. BIO International Convention

  5. This year's convention runs April 22-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago. 
  6. What is BIO? BIO stands for "Biotechnology Industry Organization." BIO represents more than 1,100 biotech companies, academic institutions, state biotech centers and other organizations. 

    This year's BIO Internation Convention features 125+ sessions covering 15 topic areas. 
  7. Farming is #1 industry in Illinois.

  8. BioEngineered Foods/ GMO's

  9. Scratch below the headline says Emily Antes as she talks about the single study syndrome when it comes to how the media covers studies.
  10. Balanced reporting is necessary but it has to be balanced by the literature and science.
    Farmer Slocum says a balance of information needs presented to consumers

  11. Organics

  12. Melinda Hemmelgarn stated that glyphosate is an endocrine disrupter and a molecule not declared safe for people to eat yet.