Questions about GMOs, organic and local foods were among the discussion during the CommonGround Kansas “Conversations About Farming and Food” at K-State Olathe March 5. Volunteers LaVell Winsor and Nicole Small met with 16 guests from the Kansas City area including chefs, farmers’ market managers, family and consumer science educators, parents, health and nutrition program directors, and school district and city leaders.
This special dinner was an opportunity for guests to talk directly to farmers about how their food is raised. Nicole and LaVell shared how they raise crops and livestock on their Kansas farms, addressing questions about genetically modified foods, organic and local movements, environmental concerns, food prices and animal welfare. Nicole shared stories of her family’s around-the-clock efforts to care for newborn calves on their southeast Kansas ranch during the harsh winter calving season. LaVell discussed how her family uses state-of-the-art farming practices to care for the land and produce food to help feed the growing world population. Guests also opened up about their concerns, leaving with a clearer picture of how farmers take great care to produce safe, nutritious and affordable food.