Finding Answers about Food

Finding Answers about Food

Here are a few websites with information to help you increase your knowledge and be better prepared to answer questions consumers have about how their food is grown. 

Best Food Facts features information from university experts on food production, preparation and consumption.  This website is visually appealing and easy to use.  Here are examples of some of the articles you will find:  How Did Science Create an Apple that Does Not Brown, What Makes a Watermelon Seedless, Plant-based Milk vs. Cow’s Milk—What’s the Difference?  This site also offers a variety of recipes.  www.bestfoodfacts.org

Common Ground promotes conversations between women who grow food and women who buy food.  There are a series of short video clips that cover topics such as Farm Ownership, GMO Foods, Animal Welfare, and more.  www.findourcommonground.com

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance focuses on creating dialogue around current topics related to food production.  Videos of Food Dialogue events throughout the country can be viewed.  Topics on the website include information about pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides, smart farms, antibiotics and more.  www.fooddialogues.com

Biology Fortified provides information and conversation about plant genetics and GMOs. This site has a great infographic and explanation on crop modification techniques.  www.biofortified.org

Food Insight from the International Food Information Council provides a 45-page resource entitled: Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding.  The guide includes tips on how to develop your message, words to use and words to lose, preparing a presentation, tips for communicating with impact, answering tough questions, and media tips.  This guide also has printable presentation handouts on Facts about Food Biotechnology and the Food Biotechnology Timeline.  www.foodinsight.org/foodbioguide.aspx

GMO Answers enables consumers to ask any questions they have about GMOs and get answers from independent industry experts.  You can gain a perspective of consumers and what’s on their minds by looking at the questions and reading the answers from the experts.  This site also has a lot of good infographics that aid in understanding and explaining GMOs to others.  www.gmoanswers.com

Grocery Manufacturers Association provides facts and the latest news on GMOs including the food industry’s position on mandatory GMO labeling.  Here are some of the articles you can find on this website:  Read about the FDA’s Role in Regulating Safety of GMOs, Learn what the American Medical Association and other Respected Authorities Have Said About GMOs, and Bill Gates Keynote address at the World Food Prize in 2009—the year Norman Borlaug died.  www.factsaboutgmos.org

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications provides communication materials such as a downloadable #Biotechiscool board game that has been pre-tested on high school and college aged students as well as professionals.  www.isaaa.org