Michele Payn - Reinventing Food Truths

Michele Payn knows agriculture because it is what she lives. She holds degrees in both Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University, but her interest in agriculture began as child, where she bred and judged dairy cattle as a registered breeder. She now works on the farm with her daughter and volunteers in her community with FFA, 4-H, school and her church. She is past president of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association. Her work was featured in one of the Spartan Sagas.  As Regional Director for the National FFA Foundation, she sold over $5 Million in corporate sponsorships. She has marketed and sold dairy genetics to more than 25 countries and presented training programs in developing countries.

Michele wrote the two-sided book, No More Food Fights! Growing a Productive Farm & Food Conversation, which encourages farm and food people to reach across the plate to find common ground, and her new book, Food Truths from Farm to Table: 25 Ways to Shop & Eat Without Guilt, is to be released early this year, and will help clarify grocery shopping and addresses food marketing myths.

Working in the Ukraine and Egypt through USAID (United States Agency for International Development), Michele developed a strong belief in community building and overcoming food insecurity.

A Certified Speaking Professional, Michele is a member of the National Speakers Association, is the founder of a professional networking group for generation X and Y speakers as well as founder of a weekly moderated discussion on twitter, #AgChat and #FoodChat in 2009.  Michele has brought together thousands of people from over 20 countries to participate in conversation around food and farm issues. The community nominated her as one of Mashable’s Top Three Twitter Users of the Year in 2009. She was one of the founding AgChat Foundation’s board members in 2010. She’s been in Real Agriculture, USA Today, NPR, CNN and RFD-TV, to name a few.

TUNE IN to this episode as Michele chats with Steve, Mary and Richard about food truths, learn about GMOS and getting food clarity.



In This Episode

1 – The view from her office is cows; Food is not about political gain; Whole Foods built a brand on marketing; Bugs love fruits and vegetables

2 – Is there a difference between organic and regular food?; Organic is a production method; Waste for organic food is high; The truth about free range chicken eggs

3 – GMOs are not necessarily all bad; The first GMO happened in nature; A corn plant is still a corn plant when it’s protected; Thoughts on Fair Life milk



“What happens on the farm, stays on the farm.” ~ Steve Olsher


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Previously On Reinvention Radio

Reinventing the Next 48 Days – In this episode, Dan Miller chats with Steve, Mary and Richard about our distorted views of “work.”  In the way we think about it, it’s only “work” if you’d rather be doing something else.  So if you’re doing something you love, it shouldn’t be called “work.”