Registered Dietitians Dissect the Plant-Based Plate at 2018 Summit


Leah McGrath and Amy Myrdal Miller, two dietitians, will share what “plant-based” means, how and when the term become popular and how the agricultural community can come together to promote a balanced plate at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2018 Stakeholders Summit. The event, themed “Protect Your Roots” will be held May 3-4 at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Leah McGarth

McGrath is a retail dietitian with over 17 years of experience interacting with consumers as well as grocery buyers. She is also a former Army and public health dietitian and founder of the Facebook and Twitter group, “Build Up Dietitians,” which emphasizes evidenced-based information using the hashtag #stand4science. For the past five years, McGrath has worked to increase her knowledge about agriculture and farming by visiting farms and writing blogs and articles about her experiences to educate consumers and peers.

Myrdal Miller

Myrdal Miller is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, farmer’s daughter, highly regarded public speaker and published author. She is also founder and president of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, Inc., a privately-held agriculture, food and culinary communications firm.

“There is increasing animal rights activist pressure for individuals and restaurants and retailers to adopt ‘Meatless Mondays’ and vegan menus,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “We are eager to hear the dietitians’ perspectives on what constitutes a nutritionally-balanced plate.”

Tuesday was the last day to cast your vote to help five farmers win a free registration to the event. Farmers and ranchers entered the Alliance’s “#ProtectYourRoots” photo contest to share why they believe it is important to protect agriculture’s roots. Visit the Alliance’s Facebook page and ‘like’ your favorite photo. The five photos with the most ‘likes’ by February 28 will be announced as the winners.

Discounted early registration fees and a special hotel rate are available through April 1 (pending availability). To register, visit

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA18 and #ProtectYourRoots for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact or call (703) 562-5160.