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March 19, 2014

Food labels can seem confusing, with the front saying the product is the best and the back stating the numbers. What do you believe?

FoodChat on Food Labels What Is On Your Food Label? Food labels offer help in understanding food nutrition, health impacts, freshness, and storage. Marketing also plays a part on the food label, helping advertise the ideas of organic, natural, or fresh. In the US, the Nutrition Facts label is being updated to reflect consumer demands on wanting to know more about their food. This FoodChat conversation looks at some of the issues and concerns plus offers thoughts on the food label future.

February 19, 2014

What are you doing for your health? Exercise, diet, and lifestyle are things you can change... But do you?

FoodChat on Heart Health MonthFood, Health and Heart: What Are You Doing? February is American Heart Month [CDC info]. This FoodChat looks at what people are doing around food, exercise, health, and life.

January 7, 2014

Do you think school lunches are best for your kids? What are you doing about it?

FoodChat on School LunchGood School Lunches: Oxymoron? Does the phrase School Lunch give you visions of the lunch lady, mashed potatoes, and the blobby bag of chocolate milk? pop into you head? This FoodChat conversation takes on the idea that school lunches are not bad and can be great for kids' health and daily diet.

November 19, 2013

What are your family stories about food? What are you doing for the holidays?

FoodChat on FoodThanksBeing Thankful #FoodThanks is a way to say thanks and share thoughts on how people help others. This FoodChat conversation also looks at what food people are preparing for the holiday and what memories they have about their family and food.

September 17, 2013

What food safety issues are you worried about? Where do you go for more information?

FoodChat on Food SafetyIs Food Safe? We never really think about food safety until someone you know gets sick on the news highlights an outbreak. This FoodChat conversations covers what people believe and resources to use when more information is needed.

August 13, 2013

Do you know what a CSA is and where the nearest farmer's market might be? Are you connected?

Farmers Markets & CSAsWhat is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is one way for people to get connected to agriculture without having to do the hard work. Going to farmer's markets is another approach. What makes these approaches work and why go to one? This FoodChat conversation aims to help answer your questions.

July 16, 2013

Will you share your secret family grilling tip?

Summer Time GrillingGrill Out Time Some how warm weather just draws us outside to enjoy the weather. That means bringing the kitchen outside too. This FoodChat conversation asks what people cook on their grill and what are some tips they are willing to share.

May 7, 2013

What are some of the ways to grow vegetables and not have to be a hard core gardener?

FoodChat on Gardening and Homegrown FoodPlant, Grow, Eat! What does it take to grow a garden? And what are some of the types of easy plants to grow that taste good? This #FoodChat conversation covers various questions around gardening and homegrown food.

April 4, 2013

What is on your mind about food and agriculture? Ask a farmer or rancher!

Ask A Farmer or RancherQuestions? Ask A Farmer or Rancher What do you want to know about farming, ranching, or agriculture? This #FoodChat focused on helping non-farm, non-ranch people learn more about who live and work on ranches and farms. Find out about how things get done and discover what people in agriculture think about some hot ag topics.

March 18, 2013

Everyone eats. And many people go day to day without much thought about food other than getting to the grocery to pick up dinner or which restaurant to visit after work. But when you do think about food, who do you turn to? Farmers and ranchers want to help.

March 19 is National Ag Day (US, ) and the AgChat Foundation is using the #FoodChat Twitter chat time (Mar 19, 8pm-10pm ET) to help answer questions about food and farming from anyone.

September 18, 2012

September is Food Safety Awareness Month. Are you ready?

FoodChat on Food Safety Are You Food Safe Aware? September is Food Safety Awareness Month. This FoodChat conversation on Twitter had a special guest from to help highlight consumer perceptions on food safety in the US and how those perceptions affect buying decisions.

August 21, 2012

What are some of your hot, hot foods to try?

FoodChat on Hot Hot Hot Hot Foods, Spicy Foods People love hot and spicy food. But you do have to be careful. This FoodChat discusses some of the hottest foods out there, some do's and don'ts, plus places to go to get hot foods.

July 16, 2012

Have you opened up your grill, filled up the tanks, bought the charcoal, and looked over your recipes?

FoodChat on Budget Grilling The Grill's Lit, What Next? The summer time is when the grills get used, for holidays, family gathering, and sometimes just because you can. What are some ways to grill without breaking the bank and still have a great meal? This FoodChat shares some favorite grilling experiences and offers up ways to try new things.

June 19, 2012

There are foods for every season and seasons for every food. What are some and how do you feel about food systems today?

Seasonal Food Policy Seasonal Food Policy? This FoodChat covered two topics: Seasonal and Food Policy. Different kinds of foods for all kinds of seasons are what make eating special. Pumpkin spice lattes in July just would not seam right. What does season mean for you? Also, what are some of the challenges for people and food systems? Learn more from this great audience!

May 16, 2012

Did you know the USDA is more than agriculture?

FoodChat on USDA Food and Nutrition Programs What are the USDA Food And Nutrition Programs? To many, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is just about agriculture. But it offers much more than that. The USDA offers services and support to many families that utilize the output of agriculture: food. In this FoodChat, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services, shares more about what is offered.

April 25, 2012

Where does food come from? Consumers ask questions, farmers learn about consumers in the #FoodChat conversation.

Where does your food come from? Food Comes From Someplace Food is everywhere and yet where does it come from? Consumers see food stacked and organized in groceries and restaurants magically bring the food from the kitchen. But food has to come from someplace, doesn't it? This FoodChat aims to help consumers understand the origins of food and help farmers learn more about consumer's questions.

March 21, 2012

What do foodies, farmers, and chefs do to connect?

FoodChat on Food and Ag, Panel with Registered Dietitians
Eating Out with Chefs, Farmers & Foodies What is your favorite restaurant and why? Do you look at food labels while eating out? As a restauranteur, do you connect with local farmers for food sources? This #FoodChat discusses eating out, being foodies, and what that connection means to consumers and farmers.

February 23, 2012

How are farmers connected to dietitians and where do dietitians go to connect with farmers?

Food and Ag, Panel with Registered Dietitians
Food and Ag How are farmers connected to dietitians and where do dietitians go to connect with farmers? This #FoodChat convo brings a panel of registered dietitians together with farmers and consumers to share thoughts on food and health.

January 17, 2012

Are your New Year's Resolutions set?

FoodChat on Food, Diets, Health, and Resolutions
Diets and Resolutions Food is a key part of life. It keeps us going, it makes us feel better, it inspires us. But sometimes it is bad for us; too salty, too fatty, too much sugar. With the start of the New Year always comes resolutions involving food. This #FoodChat conversation shares some thoughts dietitians, farmers, and consumers have about food and resolutions.