By Julianne Johnston
This Valentine's Day agriculture advocate Michele Payn-Knoper is encouraging the agriculture community to "Share the Food Love" as she introduces her book, No More Food Fights!
"Food fights might seem entertaining, but there’s nothing funny about the fights taking place over food production. Resource limitations, animal welfare and biotechnology are just a few issues cropping up to create confusion in the grocery store," says a press release detailing the premise of No More Food Fights! "Ultimately, both farmers and food buyers are making a personal choice, and author Michele Payn-Knoper calls for decorum instead of mayhem in the conversation around farm and food. In an effort to break stereotypes, the book describes farmers who don’t wear overalls but who do use technology in producing food and preserving the environment, dairy farmers who work on "cow comfort," and how hard farmers work on sustainability. On the other side, the book reminds farmers that only a tiny percentage of the population lives on a farm and urges farmers to tell their stories through social media and every day conversation to correct mistaken beliefs about food production perpetuated by traditional media."
To celebrate the launch of her book on Feb. 14, Payn-Knoper has invited the agriculture community to Share the Food Love on social media. "I’m inviting you to share some #foodlove (if you’re a tweep) or Food Love (for normal people). It’s simple; extend your hand across the plate to engage in a positive conversation about food -- in person, through a blog, or on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube or Linkedin," she says.
From Julianne: I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of No More Food Fights! As soon as it comes I will have my nose in the book and will be tweeting some of my favorite passages... To order your copy, click here.