Meet Me At the Table

My goal with this blog is to bring you perspectives from my past, peppered with insights and facts on the future of food, farming and health – providing “food for thought, action and personal responsibility.” As a registered dietitian and a sixth generation farm owner in Kentucky, the connection of farm to plate is part of my DNA. I have spent my career navigating the connections between food, health, agriculture and consumer behavior. Together, we will dig into the complex and ever-changing story of who grows our food, what’s in our food, and how food affects our health and ultimately our lives.

 

Don’t Panic! We Have Food, Please Share

Don’t Panic! We Have Food, Please Share

We are living in a new reality. Shopping carts overflowing with food have left grocery store shelves bare with signs of “limit of 2 on toilet paper” or “no milk or eggs until Saturday.” And this is not the usual “Southern clearing of shelves” before a predicted...

Stay Calm … and Wash Your Hands

Stay Calm … and Wash Your Hands

Stories of bottled water, hand wipes and disinfectant disappearing from store shelves and the resurgence of canned good purchases have hit the headlines in the past week as concerns of a pandemic spread from one continent to another, and now is in our “back yard.”...

We Need to Restore Trust in Our Farmers

We Need to Restore Trust in Our Farmers

Trust is a tricky thing. One day you say you trust someone, a brand or a service and then in a blink of an eye, your view changes. A headline, a quote or a picture shoots an arrow through the heart of that belief. Your trust level has been challenged. And feelings of...

When Did Food Waste Become the Norm?

When Did Food Waste Become the Norm?

“Six garbage trucks of food are lost every second” “Farmers, Consumers Lose $15 Billion to Food Waste” “If food waste was its own country, it would be the third largest country, behind China and the U.S.” Every week, new stories, studies or presentations are cited,...

Antibiotics — Cure or Curse?

Antibiotics — Cure or Curse?

When we walk into a grocery store to buy a package of chicken breast, pork or ground meat, we may search for an “antibiotic-free” label to confirm our comfort level of buying the best quality for our family. When we walk into a hospital for surgery, we hope the...

Committed to the Core: Farmers, Food & Our Future

Committed to the Core: Farmers, Food & Our Future

Crisp colored leaves, pumpkins on the doorstep, apple orchards blazed in shades of red, vegetable soup on the stove…all signs of our idealistic fall scenario enjoyed with little thought of the challenges endured by farmers to produce these fall harvest delights....

Back to the Table: The Art of Enjoying Food

Back to the Table: The Art of Enjoying Food

When I think about some of the most memorable and fun times over the past few months, I smile remembering the birthday dinner preparation with my niece and sister-in-law, the dinner and conversation around our table with long-time friends, the fishing experience with...