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The Produce Reporter Week in Review – September 23, 2022

- Analysis
Pamela is in Nashville at the SEPC Southern Innovations conference, where several of the hot news topics will be on the agenda, including vertical farming, inflation and whether plant-based foods are friend or foe to the produce industry.

Bombshells from WHO, in bureaucratese

- Analysis
Today’s bombshell, in bureaucratese: “None of the postharvest interventions intended for the treatment of whole produce immediately after harvest (e.g. washes, post-processing chemical and physical treatments) reliably deliver significant reductions in human pathogens.”

Beyond the free-trade ideal

- Analysis
The Biden administration and its predecessor are more marked by contrasts than resemblances, but in one important area, their policies have been remarkably consistent: foreign trade.

Beyond Meat bitten by low demand

- Analysis
It’s been a bad week so far for Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat substitute company.

A debate beyond conventional versus organic

- Analysis
Many letters to the editor sound kind of dumb. In fact, many of them are dumb. There are exceptions. I was struck by one in the current issue of The Economist.

Walnuts are produce too

- Analysis
When Robert Verloop took his job as CEO of the California Walnut Commission and executive director of the California Walnut Board, people told him, “We’re sorry to see you leave the produce industry.”

ProduceIQ: Lower demand, economic pessimism help to lower prices

- Analysis
Global markets plummeted last week in response to August’s U.S. inflation report. Consequently, many Americans may forgo purchasing their favorite pumpkin spice-scented candle this fall, among other optional fall purchases.

Florida’s citrus acreage continues to shrink

- Analysis

Is citrus a vanishing industry in Florida? Recent figures released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service …

Major shifts coming in GMO crops

- Analysis
The world of genetically modified (GMO) crops is starting to see some major shifts. Not necessarily technically, but politically and sociologically.

Dash Cart fun with Amazon Fresh

- Analysis
Although I have jabbed at Amazon Fresh a couple of times in this column, I must confess that I’ve grown fond of it. Not necessarily for reasons they’d appreciate. I just find the whole place kind of funny.