December 1, 2011

Thanking consumers on CommonGround


DSC_0017The holiday season is a time to be thankful and CommonGround volunteers are thankful for the consumers who purchase the food that their families produce on their farms.  Tuesday night, Iowa and Nebraska CommonGround volunteers came together to “Thank Consumers” at Anthony’s Steakhouse in Omaha. 

The evening offered an opportunity for moms, dads, dieticians, bloggers and friends to openly discuss facts about farming and food with the women who are helping to produce it on their family farms.  They also had the opportunity to get their nutrition and food safety questions answered by Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Department Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. You can catch tweets from the event with the hashtag, #CommonGroundDinner.


Nutrition, food and how food is raised are hot topics right now, and the conversations that happened during dinner could have probably gone all night long.  The goal of CommonGround is to create conversations about food and farming. Between the volunteers and Dr. MacDonald, they were able to answer some great questions from everyone in attendance.


Iowa CommonGround posted some great videos of Dr. MacDonald’s response to questions like pesticide use in fruits and vegetables, hormones in our meat and the safety of GMO’s. Watch her video below or go to their YouTube page.

We are very thankful for all of the consumers that came to the event as well as CommonGround volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to come and meet with consumers.  Farmers are truly thankful for the consumers who purchase our products at the grocery store.

We want to also thank Dr. MacDonald for taking time out of her schedule to come and answer some tough, yet pertinent questions from everyone who came to the event!

Read more about CommonGround Nebraska on their blog.

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