Agriculture and Sustainability

FNCE 2018

157. Where Does Animal Agriculture Fit in Today’s Sustainable Food System?

Tuesday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Ensuring a sustainable food system is one of the greatest social challenges today. The agricultural community, including cattle farmers and ranchers, recognize their important role in contributing to a more sustainable food supply. A sustainable food system must pay attention to these three pillars of sustainability (social, economic and environmental), which means balancing issues as important as food access, nutritional quality and environmental impacts. Current discussions of sustainability and diet often focus narrowly on single environmental metrics or footprints such as the carbon footprints of individual food items. Consequently, there is a need for more nuanced assessments of the whole food system that account for the relationships between the three pillars of sustainability and the integration across agricultural production systems that provide individual food items to consumers’ plates.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 8070 - Food production, purchasing
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger
  • 8018 - Environmental, agricultural, technological influences on food systems

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND

Amy Myrdal Miller is an award-winning dietitian, farmer’s daughter, public speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc., an agriculture, food, and culinary communications firm.

During her 20-year career, Amy has worked for the agri-business division of Fleishman Hillard, conducted clinical research trials on behalf of various food clients at the Rippe Lifestyle Institute, directed nutrition education and nutrition marketing for Dole Food Company, spearheaded the global health research program for the California Walnut Commission, and led conference programming for The Culinary Institute of America for foodservice, culinary, and healthcare audiences.

Today Amy works with a variety of clients across the food system, including seed companies, grower cooperatives, commodity boards, national brands, colleges, and restaurants. A well-known thought leader, Amy has presented at more than 100 agriculture, food, fitness, and nutrition conferences the past five years. She writes a monthly “Flavor on the Menu” column for Produce Business magazine.

Amy is a National Dairy Council Ambassador and a member of The Beef Checkoff Beef Expert Bureau. She also serves on the Monsanto L.E.A.D. Network, a nationwide group of dietitians who work to dispel myths and misperceptions about our food system.

Amy received her BS in dietetics from the University of California, Davis and her MS in nutrition communication from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics.

A farmer’s daughter from North Dakota, today Amy and her husband Scott Miller live in Carmichael, California.

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Donald Layman, PhD

Dr. Donald Layman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served on the faculty at the University of Illinois from 1977 – 2012. Dr. Layman has been a leader in research about protein and amino acid metabolism, nutrition for athletic performance, obesity, diabetes and cardiometabolic health. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has received numerous awards for his research and nutrition teaching. Dr. Layman served as Associate Editor of The Journal of Nutrition from 1989 through 1993, and currently serves Associate Editor of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and on the editorial boards of Nutrition & Metabolism, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and Nutrition Research and Practice. He is also a consultant to numerous food companies and commodity organizations.

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Frank Mitloehner, PhD

Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. He is an expert in agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry, and conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities. Dr. Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production, a workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and as member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System.”

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Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND

Amy Myrdal Miller is an award-winning dietitian, farmer’s daughter, public speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc., an agriculture, food, and culinary communications firm.

During her 20-year career, Amy has worked for the agri-business division of Fleishman Hillard, conducted clinical research trials on behalf of various food clients at the Rippe Lifestyle Institute, directed nutrition education and nutrition marketing for Dole Food Company, spearheaded the global health research program for the California Walnut Commission, and led conference programming for The Culinary Institute of America for foodservice, culinary, and healthcare audiences.

Today Amy works with a variety of clients across the food system, including seed companies, grower cooperatives, commodity boards, national brands, colleges, and restaurants. A well-known thought leader, Amy has presented at more than 100 agriculture, food, fitness, and nutrition conferences the past five years. She writes a monthly “Flavor on the Menu” column for Produce Business magazine.

Amy is a National Dairy Council Ambassador and a member of The Beef Checkoff Beef Expert Bureau. She also serves on the Monsanto L.E.A.D. Network, a nationwide group of dietitians who work to dispel myths and misperceptions about our food system.

Amy received her BS in dietetics from the University of California, Davis and her MS in nutrition communication from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics.

A farmer’s daughter from North Dakota, today Amy and her husband Scott Miller live in Carmichael, California.

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Amy Myrdal Miller


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