The AgriNutrition Edge Report
The AgriNutrition Edge Report is designed to bring you practical and personal insights about current topics, regulations and studies about food across the value chain…from production to preparation along with consumer insights from you and me! As a 6th generation farm owner, dairy farmer’s daughter and registered dietitian, my intention is to bring perspectives from the ground up while also showcasing those that provide the food on our tables: our farmers and ranchers. Enjoy!
Marianne in the News
After two years of Zoom conferences, Marianne is traveling twice this month to connect with health professionals in person. On April 7, she will speak at the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians in Charleston, West Virginia, on “The Convergence of Personal and Planet Health —The Winning Prescription?” The presentation is sponsored by the American Dairy Association Midwest. Then on April 21, she will be at the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in San Antonio co-presenting on “Collaboration and Innovation for Healthy & Sustainable Food Systems” with Dr. Ermias Kebreab. That session is sponsored by Texas Beef.
Marianne Smith Edge took office as vice president of the board for the Louisville-based nonprofit Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky this month. The foundation exists to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since opening in 2001, it has invested more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy and grants . Read the full news release here
Marianne Smith Edge will deliver the kickoff keynote address for The Power of Women as AgVocates Conference, being held January 14-15 in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. In her address “The Power of Dialogue and Understanding Policy and Consumer Insights” and a later session on communications, Marianne will share how women in agriculture can “agvocate” for the industry. The conference, hosted by the South Dakota State University Extension, provides women in agriculture the opportunity to network, learn and grow with peers at a female-empowered event. “This conference is designed for women to learn about the power of advocating for you, your family, business and industry,” says Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Read more about the conference from DRGNews.
Marianne Smith Edge will speak at The Royal Food & Nutrition Forum on November 2 on the topic “Exploring the Complexities of Sustainability from Farm to Fork.” Building on the tenets of sustainability (environment, economics and social responsibility), her virtual presentation will explore the role of sustainability in shaping food systems and addressing nutrition and hunger. She also will discuss the role and responsibility of food systems sectors and stakeholders, including nutrition professionals, in supporting a resilient food system. Learn more or register for the forum, hosted by Farm & Food Care Canada.
On June 16, Marianne presented a webinar hosted by Today’s Dietitian and sponsored by the National Honey Board. The program — “Where Does Nutrition Fit in the Sustainability Equation?” — focused on the impact of diet on our environment and the conflicts between the “haves” and the “have nots” when it comes to food availability and accessibility for all. Marianne also discussed the challenges and solutions that require collaboration and consensus building among all participants in the food value chain to ensure sustainable diets that are nutrient-dense, affordable, culturally appropriate, and respectful of the environment are available for all.
In “Blending the Best of Both Worlds,” Marianne Smith Edge writes that when choosing protein, it’s not an either or decision between animal meat and plant-based products. With the continued explosion of plant-based burgers appearing on grocery shelves and restaurant menus, the simplicity of creating a “half meat, half plant” option can be overlooked she says. A perfect example is combining lean ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms, which can enhance the flavor and nutrition profile of the traditional burger. And such blended burgers can be the “middle ground” solution in the plant versus animal conversation. Read the full article on The Mushroom Council’s website.
Marianne will be speaking at the Animal Ag Alliance Virtual Stakeholders Summit to be held virtually May 5-6. She will join fellow panelists:
- Rebecca Carlisle Doyle, Pork Producer, Former Illinois Director of Agriculture and UN World Food Programme Director
- Jennifer L. Garrett, PhD, Consultant, Agricultural Strategies and Sustainability
- Rachel Kopay, Consultant, Dairy and Food Safety and Sustainability
to discuss “Obstacles to Opportunity: Repositioning Animal Protein on the Plate.” Providing perspectives surrounding the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN 2021 Food Summit along with innovation and food security , the panel will “set the stage” on how animal protein is positioned within nutrition, climate change and environmental sustainability discussions. Register today! Deadline is April 30. Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #AAA21.
Marianne recently appeared as a guest on Alltech’s Ag Future podcast. She talked with host Tom Martin on February 4 about the challenges and opportunities facing the global food supply chain, how to build consumer trust through food transparency, and food consumption trends during the pandemic. Listen to “Building Consumer Trust Through Food Chain Transparency” on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts.
Marianne will participate in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ Virtual 2020 Meeting later this month. On Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT, she will speak on a panel with Mary Russell, MS, RDN, FAND, discussing “Ethical Implications for Social Responsibility and Fairness.” During the same time, she will moderate a session titled “Show Me the Money: The Economic Reality Behind Sustainable Food and Agricultural Decisions.” Then on Oct. 20, Marianne will moderate a “fire side” chat with two dynamic RDN intrapreneurs who will talk about their careers and advice during a session titled “Disrupt, Innovate, and Create Value as an Intrapreneur.” Learn more about the conference.
Earlier this month, I authored the blog “The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines are in Development. What You Need to Know!” for The Dairy Alliance. An overview of the initial recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee are highlighted, including the continued focus on eating patterns, rather than individual nutrients; eating more, not less, nutrient-dense foods; maintaining dairy as a separate food group; and reducing daily sugar intake from 10% to 6%. The committee report was submitted to a team of staff at the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services for final development and approval. Public release of the report is expected by the end of the year.