We’ll Listen and Answer Questions

This fall, the U.S. Farmers &Ranchers Alliance is partnering with Discovery Communications to continue to share its message to create an open dialogue with the American public about how food is grown and raised.

The partnership includes three 60-second vignettes and one longer format vignette (4-7 minutes long) shot documentary style.  The discussions range from conversations about the agricultural community’s commitment to continuous improvement to the role farmers and ranchers play in providing healthy choices for everyone.

The short vignette for the video that I shot with Discovery Channel for USFRA has been released.



The participating farmers and ranchers included:

Shana Beattie – Livestock and Grain Farmer in Sumner, Nebraska

Jeff Fowle –  Farmer/Rancher in Etna, CA

Ken Oneto – Crop and Produce Farmer in Elk Grove, CA

Dino Giacomazzi – Dairy Farmer  in Hanford, CA

Scott Long – Pork Producer in Manteca, CA

Jill Benson – Egg Producer in San Joaquin Valley, CA

To see the other vignettes, visit the Food Dialogues page.


  1. November 15, 2011 at 2:34 AM


  2. November 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Great video, wish it was longer, but it gets the message across just fine!

  3. November 15, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Very cool! I always enjoy being asked questions by those who don’t farm. They keep me on my toes and think of things in ways I never would.

  4. November 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Very exciting!

  5. November 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    My getting involved in the GMO debate came as a result of self-discovery. I found out last year that GMOs were introduced into our food supply in 1996 under a fraudulent pretense. This is separate from the health and scientific considerations regarding GMOs, and this is a whole discussion unto itself, but suffice to say that GMOs are not what the industry and FDA say they are. I’ll explain.

    A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States. The basis for all patent eligibility is that the invention must be “Distinct and New.” On this basis, the idea that GMOs are substantially equivalent is false. Sure, it looks like corn, soy or canola, but at a protein level it is NOT THE SAME. May I suggest a best selling book called “The Unhealthy Truth” by Robyn O’brien….It explores the rampant incidence of auto-immune system dysfunction in the USA which she equates to the introduction of bio-engineered food and additives in our food supply. She goes on to explain correlation is not causation, but her corollary research is rather stunning.

    Changing the instructions for life to become part of a pesticide delivery system was an evolutionary event. Humans and animals co-evolved with our surroundings over thousands of years. Adaptation went both ways and occurred over multiple generations. With GMOs introduction into our food supply, without human food safety testing, we were quite literally treated as lab rats. The new GMO proteins could, and I believe does, cause untold health consequences. But we don’t know because without labels traceability is impossible. The deceit and lack of transparency of the biotech industry and complicit actions of the regulatory agencies was unforgivable in my opinion.

    The fact that over 25 nations ban GMOs or require labeling supports my argument that GMOs pose a risk. There they employ the precautionary principle choosing not to expose their citizens to risk until the technology has been proven safe. Here in the US the end consumer is the last consideration, profit is the first. We have a long list of class action lawsuits representing our litigious after-the-fact way of addressing gross injustice…after the damage has already been done. Tobacco. Asbestos. Agent Orange. I hope that GMOs are not the next class action. But considering that they likely touch every American citizen, I suspect that there are more than a few class action attorneys licking their lips at the prospect of a payout of damages for 300,000,000 Americans. It’s a very risky proposition all the way around. And without any human safety testing, I don’t buy the biotech line at all. Calling a patented product the same as normal food is like saying a peddle cart is a Ferrari.

    GMOs are not the same as normal food. A patent confirms they are novel and distinct.

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