Food Dialogues {Crock Pot Giveaway!}

As a mom I scrutinize everything my children encounter. From the people we interact with, to the places we go, and the food they eat. I won't lie and tell you we eat all organic and unprocessed food. If you read this site at all, you already know otherwise; but that doesn't mean I don't care - as a mother and as a food blogger.

The Food Dialogues is a site created and managed by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). USFRA created The Food Dialogues to answer Americans’ questions about how food is grown and raised. This organization, which is a coalition of farmers, ranchers and their industry partners, is committed to continuously improving how they grow and raise food that provides healthy choices for people everywhere. Through The Food Dialogues, USFRA hopes to bring together different viewpoints on farming and ranching and the future of food to solve our most challenging problems. {source}

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Find information, ask questions, and get accurate answers:

  • Blog – Updated frequently, USFRA’s blog addresses topics such as defining the difference between organic milk and conventional milk production methods, timely responses to misinformation in the news and updates from guest bloggers who work each day to produce food. http://www.fooddialogues.com/blog
  • USFRA’s Facebook page – Join in the conversation.Provide your feedback on USFRA posts and ask your questions. You’ll get honest answers from farmers and ranchers and have the opportunity to share your viewpoint with other consumers on USFRA’s Facebook page, which boasts nearly 16,000 “likes” and an active forum of discussion every day. www.facebook.com/USFarmersandRanchers
  • Twitter – Follow USFRA on Twitter to get the latest updates, highlights from food- and farming-panel discussions and links that provide information on food production. www.twitter.com/USFRA

Americans have a lot of questions about how food is grown and raised, the impact on our health and the health of our planet. They want to know “Is the food we’re eating healthy long-term?” and “Is the planet able to sustain the amount of food we’re producing?” In 2010, America’s farmers and ranchers founded the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start and lead an honest dialogue about American agriculture.

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Comment on this post and tell me, what worries do you have about the food we eat? Each relevant comment on this post will enter you to win a Crock-Pot Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker and two reusable designer shopping bags from Envirosax.

The contest will run from now until April 17, 2012, midnight Eastern time. Winners will be picked by random number generator and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. U.S. addresses only, please.

This is a sponsored post. Incentives were provided to me. All opinions stated are my own.

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18 comments:

  1. I worry about the use of antibiotics in the food chain as well as the proliferation of monocultures. Diversity is a good thing. My other big worry is about the fact that companies are allowed to own / patent seeds/plants and other farmers are held liable when that patented seed blows onto their land.

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  2. frankly, there are alot of worries. just how much of the vegetables and fruit are genetically enhanced, what chicken and beef products we purchase are being shot full of hormones. the seed issue with monsanto is truly scary.
    the water we drink, should we filter it, if it tests fine out of the tap? and is it being pumped full of something too?
    lots of worries.
    i try and container garden and do my part to control what is consumed by my husband and i but it is not easy at all.

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  3. I worry about the fact that most products you buy in the store are so filled with unpronounceable chemicals. I have allergies to some additives--will eating these other things cause me to develop more allergies?

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  4. I worry about the hormones and antibiotics in so many products we consume. I really feel this is why 10 year girls look like they are 20.

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  5. Additives, fillers, chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc....all of those un-natural items are in many foods consumed every single day. I try to feed my family whole foods that are not processed as much as possible, we even have an organic container garden (no fertilizer used) to grow our own vegetables and fruits.

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  6. I worry about the use of so many chemicals and hormones. As if we really need that stuff in our bodies. If you want to be healthy without breaking the bank, though, you almost have to grow or kill your own food rather than buy it. It's ridiculous.

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  7. I worry about the amount of sugar in everything. As I investigate further I find it's hard to find things without sugar. I want to limit it for my kids, but it's hard when I have a sweet tooth myself.

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  8. I worry about the chemicals we put into everything. I don't think we've seen the full affect of what these chemicals are doing to the ground and how it will affect our food sources in the future.

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  9. My class is watching Food Inc and even though they are only 7th graders, they are very concerned about the food they consume, esp the treatment of animals. I often wonder how the life of the animal I am eating was.

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  10. One of the biggest worries I have is the additives and hormones in our food.

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  11. I worry about antibiotics in meat and dairy, and pesticides in everything else. I wish I could afford to buy all organic and antibiotic free. I think the way our food has changed in the last 100 years is what's causing the dramatic increase in cancer, autism, obesity, and a host of other health problems on the rise. In the mean time, I am trying to go as processed-free as possible on a limited budget.

    Desiree J

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  12. I worry about all the processed foods my children receive while at day care. I can control what they eat at home, but it is much harder at school.

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  13. Thing that worries me most are the chemicals we dump into the water, that we then use for our crops and animals. Let alone the chemicals we drop into water supplies but we consume drugs that are then returned to our water supplies. This affects not only us but children as well as unborn children who then consume diluted versions of our drugs. Over a life-time those drugs build mountains of changes in our children's bodies leading to future problems.

    The use of our water supplies, how water returned to land use is cleaned, and that which we in turn put into our water via our bodies/drains/landfills is and should be a concern to all.

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  14. One of my big concerns for my family is how much sugar we consume...and we like sugar!! I also get concerned about chemicals and pesticides on our produce, and whether they're really removed by standard washing procedures.

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  15. My worries are many. Too many to list! I am speaking only for myself, but I don't think I am alone....I think as a country we have become complacent & accustomed to the easy way out. i work with people that have stay-at-home spouses that don't even TRY to cook. Me? I work 50 hours a week & keep my grandson 4 nights a week while my DD is in college 7 even I cook 5 nights a week! I think we SHOULD worry about what we eat. The commercialization of everything we consume is astounding. There really does not seem to be enough of us. But little hammers can make big dents 7 we just have to keep hammering away at our suppliers. I spend a LOT of time reading labels & making meals of fresh food...It's tiring, but well worth my effort.

    Thanks for the give-a-way April!

    Sam

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  16. I try not to stop and think about all the scary things about processed food... However, my latest worries are about pink slime, sweetening products and about how much soy is put into the foods we eat. My co-workers and I looked at the label on a snack food to see if there was soy -- and sure enough there it is... right under the fake sweetner... (take your pick -- aspartame, sucralose, high fructose corn syrup, etc)...

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  17. It scares me that we're genetically modifying food, giving animals antibiotics and drugs that aren't proven they won't affect us.

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  18. Genetically modified-but-unlabeled foods... crazy fake names for sugar, which is in everything... all the other stuff they grind up in the mixers.. Wayy too many worries to list!

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