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
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.
Marianne is joining with three colleagues to present “Pivot with Power: Communication that Connects at the Virtual Table” – a three-part master class that will explore how to successfully make the pivot to virtual meetings, classes and conferences, and effectively connect with audiences on virtual platforms. The series will be led by Barbara Mayfield, MS, RD, FAND; Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, FAND; Julie Satterfeal, MS, RDN; and Sonja Stetzler, MA, RDN, CPC — all of whom have been working in the virtual environment before the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions will be offered live on June 16, 24 and 30 at 1 p.m. EDT.
For those unable to join at those times, sessions will be recorded and be available for on-demand viewing. The series is $50 and registered dietitians are eligible for three continuing professional education (CPE) hours. Register here
Marianne Smith-Edge joins three colleagues to present “Pivot with Power: Communication that Connects at the Virtual Table” – a FREE webinar on June 2 that explores how to successfully make the pivot to virtual meetings, classes and conferences, and effectively connect with audiences on virtual platforms. The webinar is eligible for one hour of continuing education for the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Register here
An article by Marianne Smith Edge was published by The Dairy Alliance on April 20 as part of its Earth Day celebration. Marianne writes that every day is Earth Day for farmers, who steward the land and are essential for our survival. “Farmers, like salt, are vital to our core existence. Everything we eat or drink depends on the commitment and ingenuity of today’s farmers,” she writes. “In this time of uncertainty, there is one constant for which we should be grateful…our farmers. Regardless of natural disasters, tariffs or the overall decline of farm profitably, it is their commitment and passion that are essential to our existence. They are the salt of the earth.” Read the article here.
From January 29-30, I will be attending the Farm Journal Foundation’s TRUST IN FOOD Conference in Chicago. The annual event brings 150 leaders from across the agri-food value chain to “share success stories, identify opportunities, and walk away with actionable information to continue helping farmers scale conservation agriculture and restore consumer trust in the food system.” The event is also co-located with the 2020 Top Producer Summit, which hosts more than 700 of the largest farmers in the nation. Check out upcoming blogs for insights from the conference.