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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From? FoodDialogues.com

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants you to know where your food comes from. Do you know where your food comes from?

Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? This morning we had some cheese curd delivered to our house. My husband is opening a restaurant here in Atlanta and we are making cheese for it so until it opens we are experimenting with different types of cheeses. When the guy brought the cheese curd, he even told us the name of the cow who they milked the day before. It doesn't get much more farm to table than that.

Do you know where your food comes from? We know which cow made the milk for this cheese curd.

Actual curd fresh from the cow

But the thing is, I am not sure that I know where most of our food comes from. I try to be conscious of it. I ask some questions if there is someone around to answer but I find that my family heads more and more to the local farmers market to get food simply because we get to meet the people growing it.

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. USFRA has set the table for conversations with Americans to answer their questions about food and food production.

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) wants to get YOU involved! Through your blog post, share your thoughts, concerns, questions, opinions and stories about American agriculture.  Please lend your voice to the conversation!  USFRA has many helpful resources available online – from short videos that answer questions about how food is grown and raised to in-depth blog posts about key issues.

I am glad that there is a place to go to get some of my questions answered. But more than that, I am glad to know that USFRA created this place with consumers in mind.

And that curd we got? It made the most delicious, mild, freshest tasting white cheddar cheese that I have ever had.

Knowing where your food comes from is important.

Get to know the USFRA. They have a ton of great information on their site, on Facebook and on Twitter. They are active in social media.

Check out the USFRA’s frequently updated blog, FoodDialogues.com which 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.

Check out the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance 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 about almost everything, including where your food comes from. You'll also 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 for discussion every day.

Follow USFRA on Twitter to get the latest updates, highlights from food- and farming-panel discussions and links that provide information on food production.

Check out videos that offer insight into questions being asked by real American consumers, and answers from real American farmers and ranchers. Start here:

This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are my own.

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  1. ellen

    Luckily living in a farming state I am pretty well informed- I did like their article about the debate about arsenic in chicken and them pointing out that arsenic is present in soil and water naturally is why it shows up.
    I have been to their website a number of times and am glad to see them weighing in on all ag products and informing people what is and isn’t true.

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  3. Daphne

    I search the internet, its amazing what I find and I have informed friends and community support (involved with farmers market, neighborhood association)

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    The “learn about your food” video series looks interesting to me on the website!

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