Learn how to ‘stake your claim on the plant-based plate’ at 2020 Summit

Trio of dietitians to have a candid conversation about the latest consumer buzzwords on panel about ‘Conversations that Cultivate’

February 18, 2020 – The now-ubiquitous term “plant-based” seems to exclude meat, poultry, milk and eggs – but that’s not the whole story. Join registered dietitians Cara Harbstreet, Street Smart Nutrition; Nicole Rodriguez, Enjoy Food, Enjoy Life and Allison Webster, International Food Information Council, at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2020 Stakeholders Summit for a candid conversation about the latest consumer buzzwords. Connecting with consumers can start with conversations that are more inclusive and less divisive. This panel will highlight best practices from producers in the field and strategies to partner with registered dietitians and other influencers in the food space. Summit attendees will leave this panel empowered to share their story of positively impacting consumer health and invite those who are hungry to learn more into the conversation.

The Alliance’s annual Summit brings together thought leaders in the industry to discuss hot-button issues and out-of-the-box ideas to connect everyone along the food chain, engage influencers and protect the future of animal agriculture. The 2020 event, themed “Primed & Prepared,” is set for May 7-8 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Harbstreet, Rodriguez and Webster will each bring a unique perspective to this panel, titled “Conversations that Cultivate: Staking Your Claim on the Plant-Based Plate.” The panel will be moderated by National Chicken Council’s Tom Super.

  • Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, is a Kansas City-based intuitive eating registered dietitian and nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert, author, and consultant. Harbstreet has experience in community nutrition, corporate wellness, retail nutrition and nutrition education. In 2016, Harbstreet founded her private practice with a focus on sports nutrition, intuitive eating, and applying the Health At Every Size model for clients in the Kansas City area. She is passionate about helping people rediscover joy in eating deeply nourishing meals without restriction or fear, and enjoys candid conversations about the food system, nutrition and cooking.
  • Nicole Rodriguez, RD, is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who resides in the metro New York City area, where she offers in-home meal prep, small group training, and one-on-one fitness coaching. She serves as the in-house dietitian for NavaFit (an app that connects workout buddies across the country) and as chair-elect of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group. A passionate Master of Beef Advocacy, she’s on an eternal quest for the best burger and sharing facts about the industry along the way.
  • Allison Webster, PhD, RD, is director, research and nutrition communications, at the International Food Information Council. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing nutrition science-focused communication programs for consumers and health professionals. In 2017, Ali joined IFIC from the University of Minnesota, where she conducted research on the effect of diet on the gut microbiome and worked as a registered dietitian counseling patients with gastrointestinal conditions. She has also served as a Science Policy Fellow for the American Society for Nutrition from 2016-2017 and in 2015 was the recipient of IFIC’s Sylvia Rowe Fellowship.

With sessions covering sustainability, animal welfare, influencer engagement, preparing for animal rights activist campaigns and other hot topics, attendees will leave the 2020 Summit primed and prepared with the tools they need to take action and be part of any and all conversations that could impact the future of animal agriculture and their business. Early registration discounts are available through April 3. To register, visit summit.animalagalliance.org.

“The animal agriculture community already understands the importance of delivering facts that are true to the science and safety of food production – now it’s time to elevate our messages to effectively showcase our products as an integral part of a ‘plant-based’ diet,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “This panel of rock star dietitians will leave 2020 Summit attendees primed and prepared to have conversations that cultivate trust with consumers, customers and influencers.”

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information and the full agenda. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA20 and #PrimedAndPrepared for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact summit@animalagalliance.org or call (703) 562-5160.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s outreach efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! For 2020 sponsorship opportunities, please visit summit.animalagalliance.org. For more information, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at ajonesbrimmer@animalagalliance.org.

Thank you to our 2020 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal, Meatingplace, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Smithfield, National Pork Board, American Feed Industry Association, United Soybean Board, The National Provisioner, Country Folks, Dairy MAX, National Biodiesel Board, United Egg Producers, Cobb Vantress, Inc., Protect the Harvest, Progressive Dairyman, Agri Beef, American Veal Association, Empirical, Kemin, National Chicken Council, Trans Ova Genetics, Vivayic, Live Oak Bank, Mountaire Farms, North Carolina Farm Bureau, Brakke Consulting and Food Industry Environmental Network.

The Alliance also thanks the following members for their continued support of Summit and other Alliance programs: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Zoetis, Alltech, Inc., Cattle Empire, LLC, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hy-Line North America LLC, Iowa Soybean Association, Merck Animal Health, National Turkey Federation, Nutrien, Aviagen Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America, Hendrix Genetics, Provimi North America, Inc. and Seaboard Foods.

About the Alliance:

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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