Evolving how we eat and produce food to be more sustainable is critical to improving human health and the health of the planet. However, taste and price remain top purchase drivers. Want to educate consumers on the importance of following a sustainable diet and impact purchase decisions? Join us to learn how to communicate the importance of sustainable nutrition and influence consumer behavior changes to help build a healthier plate and planet. We will review the latest evidence on health, nutrition and sustainability; discuss sustainable nutritious eating patterns; evaluate sustainable diets by reviewing life-cycle assessments; and ultimately empower consumer behavior change.
Presenter: Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND
Marianne is Founder and Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge, a consultancy committed to assisting food, health and agriculture organizations better understand and navigate the changing consumer environment. Marianne is an agriculture native and 6th generation farm owner. In addition, she is a trained group facilitator having worked with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as a strategic planning and group facilitation consultant.
Prior to founding The AgriNutrition Edge, Marianne served as Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety Communications and Senior Advisor, Science & Consumer Insights for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, DC. Before joining IFIC, she was the owner of MSE and Associates, LLC providing strategic nutrition and foodservice consulting services for the food and healthcare industry. Marianne brings over 30 years of experience to her clients as an experienced communicator, strategic planner, and facilitator. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker in consumer insights and food systems issues.
Marianne is a former president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and a member of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She is a co-author of over 25 peer-reviewed publications and a member of the Board of Editors for Nutrition Today. Marianne served two terms on the USDA National Research, Extension, Education, & Economics Advisory Board, the advisory board to the Secretary of Agriculture. Marianne was appointed to the Kentucky Hunger Task Force by the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture in 2017.
Marianne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky where she was a former member of the Board of Trustees. She has a master’s degree in public health-nutrition from Western Kentucky University and earned a certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.