Online Resource Addresses Consumer Questions on Food Production

Online Resource Addresses Consumer Questions on Food Production

Animal welfare, food safety and biotech seeds among topics covered

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance on Tuesday unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to offer accurate information about food production to today's consumers.

"USFRA recognizes that consumers have questions and want to learn more about how their food gets from the farm to their plate," said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "With so much information available to consumers today, we wanted to create one destination that compiled factual and unbiased information on food production.

Animal welfare, food safety and biotech seeds among food production topics covered on USFRA's new web resource

"This new site, USFRA FoodSource, provides these resources and also adds the voice of farmers and ranchers responsible for raising and growing the food we eat. Our hope is that the information on this site continues to grow over time based on new inquiries received from the online community," he said.

FoodSource gives consumers the opportunity to learn more about how food is grown and raised by compiling information from third party experts, including researchers and scientists at leading universities, into one website.

Topics addressed on the site include: antibiotic use in farm animals, biotechnology in seeds, hormone use in farm animals, pesticide use, water quality, farm size and ownership, available food choices, food safety and animal care.

The information available on the site also includes a compilation of materials, including video and documentaries produced by USFRA and its affiliates. The site allows users to submit questions and recommends links to additional resources for information on the current topics addressed on the site. Over time, these topics will expand to cover new subject matter.

For more information on USFRA FoodSource, visit www.fooddialogues.com/foodsource.

Food Question Contest

USFRA has also partnered with The Anderson Live television show team to launch an online contest where viewers can submit their food-related questions for the chance to be featured on the show, attend The Food Dialogues: New York and have USFRA arrange for a farm or ranch visit to have their food-related questions answered. This viewer's experience at The Food Dialogues and their conversation with a farmer will be featured on the Anderson Live show Dec. 11.

To enter the contest, viewers should visit the Anderson Cooper website and submit their question about how food is grown and raised.  A sampling of these questions will be posted on the site through December.

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