Washington, D.C. – The National Chicken Council and the Alliance to Feed the Future will join in the celebration of National Agriculture Day today and recognize the significant contributions farmers and producers make to providing a safe, affordable, abundant food supply.
“Since the Alliance was launched two years ago, we have worked to raise awareness and increase public appreciation for the role farming, production, distribution and consumption play in modern America – especially for our younger generations, who are further removed from the farm than ever before,” said Dave Schmidt, President and CEO at the International Food Information Council, which coordinates the Alliance. “Our educational curricula offer teachers the opportunity to insert lessons about the food-production process from farm to fork, including agriculture, food processing and technology, food safety, and nutrition, into their daily lesson plans, making learning about food production easy and fun.”
The members of the Alliance to Feed the Future include professional societies, universities, industry and commodity groups, in a coordinated effort to tell the true story of modern food production. The Alliance to Feed the Future website (www.alliancetofeedthefuture.org) is home to new educational curricula, Lunchbox Lessons: Professor G.U. Eatwell and the Journey from Farm to Fork, as well as hundreds of helpful resources and information regarding modern food production from farm to fork.
National Agriculture Day, organized by the Agriculture Council of America, is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contribution of agriculture. For more information about Ag Day, visit http://www.agday.org/.
About the Alliance to Feed the Future
The mission of the Alliance to Feed the Future is to raise awareness and improve understanding of the benefits & necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global demand. Members of the Alliance include:
Agriculture Council of America, Ag Day; Agriculture Future of America; Agricultural Retailers Association; American Agri-Women; American Bakers Association; American Commodity Distribution Association; American Farmers for the Advancement & Conservation of Technology (AFACT); American Feed Industry Association; American Frozen Food Institute; American Meat Institute; American Peanut Council; American Seed Trade Association; American Society of Agronomy; American Society for Nutrition; American Soybean Association; Animal Agriculture Alliance; Animal Health Institute; Association for Dressings and Sauces; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Biotechnology Industry Organization; CA Institute for Food & Agricultural Research at UC Davis; Calorie Control Council; Can Manufacturers Institute; Canned Food Alliance; Center for Food Integrity; Corn Refiners Association; Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST); Council for Responsible Nutrition; CropLife America; Crop Science Society of America; Council for Biotechnology Information; The Cumberland Center; Egg Nutrition Center; The Fertilizer Institute; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States; The Food Institute; Frozen Potato Product Institute; Global Midwest Alliance; Grocery Manufacturers Association; GMA Science & Education Foundation; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Institute for Food Safety and Health; Institute of Food Technologists; Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils; International Association of Color Manufacturers; International Dairy Foods Association; International Food Additives Council; International Food Information Council; International Foodservice Distributors Association; International Formula Council; International Ice Cream Association; Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Irrigation Association; Juice Products Association; Kentucky Livestock Coalition; Kentucky Soybean Association; Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board; Midwest Food Processors Association; Milk Industry Foundation; MilkPEP; National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; National Association of Margarine Manufacturers; National Association of Plant Breeders; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Cheese Institute; National Chicken Council; National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research; National Confectioners Association; National Council of Agricultural Employers; National FFA Foundation; National Fisheries Institute; National Frozen Pizza Institute; National Institute for Animal Agriculture; National Livestock Producers Association; National Pasta Association; National Peanut Board; National Pecan Shellers Association; National Restaurant Association; National Turkey Federation; New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio State University, Department of Food Science and Technology; Outreach International; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Dairy & Animal Science; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Food Science; Pink Lady America; Produce Marketing Association; Research Chefs Association; Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at UC Davis; Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association; Snack Food Association; Soil Science Society of America; Southern Food & Beverage Museum; STEMconnector; Sustainable Food Project; United Egg Producers; United Fresh Produce Association; University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences; University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; University of Illinois, Agricultural Communications Program; University of Massachusetts, Department of Food Science; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Cattlemen’s Association; U.S. Custom Harvesters; Vinegar Institute; Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE); World Soy Foundation; Yellow Tractor Program.