A group of food and agriculture associations launched a Web site dedicated to telling the real story of the U.S. food system.

The site, BestFoodNation.com, contains current, factual information about the positive contributions delivered by the food system as well as stories about some of the millions of men and women who make up Best Food Nation. Visitors to the site can learn about efforts that directly benefit the public, including the various healthful and balanced food choices offered by restaurants and food product manufacturers.

It also provides information about the creation of millions of good jobs offering competitive wages, the practice of good animal welfare and environmental stewardship by our nation’s producers and ranchers and the numerous benefits local communities derive from the food and agriculture industries.

The new Web site is set up to counter Chew on This, Eric Schlosser’s latest book critical of food production and processing. Aimed at middle school students, the follow-up to Fast Food Nation offers sensationalized misinformation about the U.S. food system.

“We have the safest, most abundant, most affordable food in the world,” says National Pork Producers Council president Joy Philippi, a pork producer from Bruning, Neb. “The U.S. pork industry is proud of the role it plays in offering the public quality, healthful products and proud that we are good employers, good neighbors, good stewards of the environment and good care-givers to our animals.”

The 18 organizations supporting Best Food Nation include: American Farm Bureau Federation, American Meat Institute, Corn Refiners Association, Food Products Association, International Franchise Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Potato Council, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, National Turkey Federation, Snack Food Association, U.S. Potato Board and United Egg Producers.

National Pork Producers Council