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Recap of The Food Dialogues: North Carolina

The Food Dialogues®: North Carolina panel discussion was held yesterday at the Raleigh Convention Center.  If you missed this event you will want to watch this video from yesterday's discussion; it was very educational, informative, and enlightening.

Below is the link to watch Food Dialogues: North Carolina on the web:

About Food Dialogues:

The Food Dialogues®: North Carolina is reconnecting our state with the foods we eat and the farmers that feed us. This event provided two panel-based discussions to address questions related to what's on our plates and how our food is raised and grown. Local radio personality Lynda Loveland led the discussion among a panel of experts including farmers, food scientists, health care professionals and leaders in the consumer food service industry.

The Panels


North Carolinians want to know more about the food on their plates. This panel discussed the importance of consumer choice in the marketplace including organic and conventionally grown foods, and the use of science and biotechnology in food production. The expert panelists addressed health and safety concerns related to the foods we eat, how food supplies are shaped by consumer demand and how interested consumers can learn more.


· Richard McKellogg, Director of Produce Merchandizing, Lowes Foods

· Vicky Allen, Co-Owner and Founder, Carolina Grown

· Dr. Tom Irons, Associate Vice Chancellor for Regional Health Services, and Professor of Pediatrics – Brody School of Medicine, Eastern Carolina University

· Dr. Greg Copenhaver, UNC Director of Graduate Studies, Biology Department

· Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farms, Organic Farmer

· Bo Stone, P & S Farms, USFRA Faces of Farming winner and 2012 Conservation Farm of the Year


Agriculture and agribusiness represent the largest segment of our state's economy, but most of our population is generations removed from the family farm. Food Dialogues: North Carolina educated consumers about where their food comes from, and the people who produce it. This panel focused on farming in North Carolina, why many farms look and operate much differently than they did just 30 years ago, and the complexity of the food production process. Panelists also answered questions regarding modern animal care practices, and the balance between responsible, environmentally friendly farming and our farmer's efforts to feed your family and families around the world.


· Tommy Porter, Livestock and Poultry Producer, 2006 Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year for NC

· Casey McKissick, Program Director for NC Choices, CEFS and operates Foothills Pasture Raised Meats

· Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor, Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

· Robin Smith, Attorney at Law and former Assistant Secretary, Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources

· Dr. Blake Brown, Hugh C. Kiger Professor and Extension Economist, NC State University/NC Research Campus

· Vivian Howard, Chef, The Chef & The Farmer; Star of PBS TV Series A Chef's Life is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.