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Food Dialogues® event to be held online August 15

Aug 15, 2013 (All day)

WORTHINGTON, Ohio – Ohioans are invited to participate in a public conversation about food and farming during the Food Dialogues®: Ohio. The live, online event will be held August 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at

Food Dialogues®: Ohio responds to Americans’ growing interest in how their food is produced. Biotechnology (GMOs) and sustainability are two food topics to be discussed by farmers, researchers, environmentalists, food experts and others.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). It will take place at COSI in Columbus. The moderator will be Joel Riley, morning host for Columbus radio station 610 WTVN.

Panelists will discuss and debate social, economic, environmental and emotional aspects of biotechnology and sustainability as it relates to food and farming.  Online participants can ask questions and offer comments. A limited number of in person guests will also contribute to the conversation.

Panelists for ‘Biotechnology (GMOs) and Your Food’ include Allen Armstrong, Ohio grain farmer; Dr. Andrew Michel, assistant professor of entomology, The Ohio State University (OSU); Dr. Casey Hoy, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management, OSU; Doug Billman, Ohio organic dairy and grain farmer; Jane Boback, local registered dietician; Mike Sopko, Ohio Restaurant Association board member and restaurateur; and Dr. Ruth MacDonald, registered dietician and professor of food science and human nutrition, Iowa State University.