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Gen Z resists stereotyping

- Analysis
There is a kind of paradox in talking about Generation Z (defined as people born roughly between 1995 and 2010).

Chile pepper acreage in steep decline

- Analysis
The U.S. chile industry offers a paradoxical situation: a decline in the sector that grows crops for processing, but a comparatively bright future for at least parts of the fresh market category.

Gen Z to drive produce growth

- Analysis
Ethnically diverse foods have become much more available over recent decades. Furthermore, Generation Z represents the leading edge of the country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup.

Covid, Brexit complicate U.S.-UK trade

- Analysis
There hasn’t been a fresh produce supplier in the UK that hasn’t been impacted by Covid-19 in some shape, form or manner. The big ticket items the fresh produce sector needs to address though, won’t go away.

The self-driving truck stalls

- Analysis
Depending on whom you talk to, artificial intelligence—AI—is either the god that will deliver us from all of our miseries or the devil that will extinguish our last faint spark of humanity.

An up close look at the food box program

- Analysis
After having written many stories about the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program, I got to experience it first-hand.

Some ways to fix H-2A

- Analysis
It’s a widespread complaint: The H-2A program doesn’t work well, and it should be fixed.

The benefit of hindsight

- Analysis
Why did something happen in a particular way? What did we learn from it? How can we use the past to make the future better?

Bar codes, DNA and food safety

- Analysis
A team of biologists at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University has developed a method for installing bar codes into fruits and vegetables.

One solution to the perennial labor problem

- Analysis
I keep coming back to the subject of labor because it is the biggest issue in the produce industry. It will remain so long after the situation in the United States approaches something closer to normal.