April’s Farm Food Tour resulted in the greatest positive shift in attitudes among attendees, according to Jodi Oleen, KPA Director of Consumer Outreach.
“Survey analysis provided us with information showing this tour created a higher level of confidence in today’s farming methods,” Oleen said.
The three-day tour hosted nine bloggers and dietitians, and included stops at Elanco, Monsanto and Central Missouri Meat and Sausage. Topics covered included antibiotic and hormone use in food animals, GMOs, bee health and meat processing.
Attendees were given surveys before and after the tour to determine how informed they are on these topics.
“We don’t need to fear GMOs,” said blogger Linda Ditch. “There is an important place for them in agriculture.”
Christy Springer of Springer Family Foods, Sycamore, also attended the tour and discussed her family’s pig operation and answered questions about modern pig farming.
The FFT is sponsored by The Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Farm Bureau and KPA.
More survey results can be seen in the upcoming issue of Pig Tales.