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Alliance for Food & Farming launches updated website

The Alliance for Food & Farming, a non-profit group founded to deliver credible information to consumer about the safety of fruits and vegetables, recently launched its newly updated website — www.foodandfarming.info.

“We’re working hard to raise the profile of our organization within the produce industry,” Matt McInerney, executive vice president of Western Growers and the current chairman of the Alliance for Food & Farming, said in a press release. “As part of that effort, we have revised and updated our website with some basic information about the Alliance and the work we do to assure consumers about the safety of fruits and vegetables.”

Executive Director Marilyn Dolan added that the goal of the Alliance for Food & Farming is to communicate honestly about important issues that can affect consumer confidence in fruits and vegetables.

“Experts around the world agree that eating more fruits and vegetables is the best thing we can do to reduce disease, prevent obesity and improve our health,” Dolan said. “But, consumers sometimes need to know more about organic and conventional fruits and vegetables so they can make the right shopping choices for themselves and their families. The Alliance for Food & Farming exists to help provide this information.”



According to Dolan, the Alliance for Food & Farming uses information from experts in science, nutrition and farming, and then offers facts and information about the safety of fruits and vegetables sold in the United States. The organization is voluntarily funded by both conventional and organic farmers and farming organizations.

“What is very unique about this group is that it is truly an alliance of other organizations from throughout the produce industry,” McInerney said, noting that Alliance membership is made up of over 50 organizations, including national and regional trade associations, commodity groups and individual grower-shippers.  

A list of the Alliance for Food & Farming board members is posted on the new website and includes the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association, the California Grape & Tree Fruit League, Northwest Horticultural Council and the U.S. Potato Board, along with Western Growers and nine other produce commodity groups. 





“When it comes to the issue of pesticide residues, we have made a some tremendous inroads in changing the way the media covers this important issue as part of an Alliance for Food & Farming initiative called Safe Fruits & Veggies launched in 2010,” said McInerney. “This has been one of the most successful educational outreach campaigns in the history of the produce industry and is a great example of how a united effort to fight back can make real change.”



In addition to the issue of pesticide residues, the Alliance also provides information on foodborne illness as well as other fruit and vegetable food safety issues. The new Alliance website provides an overview of the food-safety topics the group addresses and includes information about the benefits of Alliance membership and explains how to join the Alliance.

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Alliance for Food & Farming launches updated website

The Alliance for Food & Farming, a non-profit group founded to deliver credible information to consumer about the safety of fruits and vegetables, recently launched its newly updated website — www.foodandfarming.info.

“We’re working hard to raise the profile of our organization within the produce industry,” Matt McInerney, executive vice president of Western Growers and the current chairman of the Alliance for Food & Farming, said in a press release. “As part of that effort, we have revised and updated our website with some basic information about the Alliance and the work we do to assure consumers about the safety of fruits and vegetables.”

Executive Director Marilyn Dolan added that the goal of the Alliance for Food & Farming is to communicate honestly about important issues that can affect consumer confidence in fruits and vegetables.

“Experts around the world agree that eating more fruits and vegetables is the best thing we can do to reduce disease, prevent obesity and improve our health,” Dolan said. “But, consumers sometimes need to know more about organic and conventional fruits and vegetables so they can make the right shopping choices for themselves and their families. The Alliance for Food & Farming exists to help provide this information.”



According to Dolan, the Alliance for Food & Farming uses information from experts in science, nutrition and farming, and then offers facts and information about the safety of fruits and vegetables sold in the United States. The organization is voluntarily funded by both conventional and organic farmers and farming organizations.

“What is very unique about this group is that it is truly an alliance of other organizations from throughout the produce industry,” McInerney said, noting that Alliance membership is made up of over 50 organizations, including national and regional trade associations, commodity groups and individual grower-shippers.  

A list of the Alliance for Food & Farming board members is posted on the new website and includes the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association, the California Grape & Tree Fruit League, Northwest Horticultural Council and the U.S. Potato Board, along with Western Growers and nine other produce commodity groups. 





“When it comes to the issue of pesticide residues, we have made a some tremendous inroads in changing the way the media covers this important issue as part of an Alliance for Food & Farming initiative called Safe Fruits & Veggies launched in 2010,” said McInerney. “This has been one of the most successful educational outreach campaigns in the history of the produce industry and is a great example of how a united effort to fight back can make real change.”



In addition to the issue of pesticide residues, the Alliance also provides information on foodborne illness as well as other fruit and vegetable food safety issues. The new Alliance website provides an overview of the food-safety topics the group addresses and includes information about the benefits of Alliance membership and explains how to join the Alliance.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Alliance for Food & Farming launches updated website

The Alliance for Food & Farming, a non-profit group founded to deliver credible information to consumer about the safety of fruits and vegetables, recently launched its newly updated website — www.foodandfarming.info.

“We’re working hard to raise the profile of our organization within the produce industry,” Matt McInerney, executive vice president of Western Growers and the current chairman of the Alliance for Food & Farming, said in a press release. “As part of that effort, we have revised and updated our website with some basic information about the Alliance and the work we do to assure consumers about the safety of fruits and vegetables.”

Executive Director Marilyn Dolan added that the goal of the Alliance for Food & Farming is to communicate honestly about important issues that can affect consumer confidence in fruits and vegetables.

“Experts around the world agree that eating more fruits and vegetables is the best thing we can do to reduce disease, prevent obesity and improve our health,” Dolan said. “But, consumers sometimes need to know more about organic and conventional fruits and vegetables so they can make the right shopping choices for themselves and their families. The Alliance for Food & Farming exists to help provide this information.”



According to Dolan, the Alliance for Food & Farming uses information from experts in science, nutrition and farming, and then offers facts and information about the safety of fruits and vegetables sold in the United States. The organization is voluntarily funded by both conventional and organic farmers and farming organizations.

“What is very unique about this group is that it is truly an alliance of other organizations from throughout the produce industry,” McInerney said, noting that Alliance membership is made up of over 50 organizations, including national and regional trade associations, commodity groups and individual grower-shippers.  

A list of the Alliance for Food & Farming board members is posted on the new website and includes the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association, the California Grape & Tree Fruit League, Northwest Horticultural Council and the U.S. Potato Board, along with Western Growers and nine other produce commodity groups. 





“When it comes to the issue of pesticide residues, we have made a some tremendous inroads in changing the way the media covers this important issue as part of an Alliance for Food & Farming initiative called Safe Fruits & Veggies launched in 2010,” said McInerney. “This has been one of the most successful educational outreach campaigns in the history of the produce industry and is a great example of how a united effort to fight back can make real change.”



In addition to the issue of pesticide residues, the Alliance also provides information on foodborne illness as well as other fruit and vegetable food safety issues. The new Alliance website provides an overview of the food-safety topics the group addresses and includes information about the benefits of Alliance membership and explains how to join the Alliance.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Polish tomato exports decline, greenhouses updated

Polish tomato exports decline, greenhouses updated

Though tomato exports in Poland has been declining for several years, reaching a nadir during an E. coli outbreak in 2011, Polish tomato production facilities are improving. Especially for greenhouse-grown tomatoes, growers are investing money in technological updates.

“The export of Polish tomatoes has been decreasing since 2008,” said Jan Nowakowski of Genesis Fresh. “The lowest volume came in 2011, when an E. coli crisis broke out across Europe.” She added that not only have exports declined to the point where Poland is now a net importer of tomatoes, but the markets to which growers ship their tomatoes have also changed. Where most exports used to reach Western European markets, now growers are increasingly focusing on markets to the east.

“We’ve changed from European to Russian markets,” said Nowakowski. “Our main markets are now our neighbors.” Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Russia now figure prominently in exporters’ plans. The manner in which tomatoes are grown has also been changing. The nation’s annual production of 700,000 tons is still split between open-field and greenhouse growing, but the nation’s greenhouses are changing.

“There are still significant amounts of small sized glasshouses delivering to local or eastern markets,” said Nowakowski, “but new, state-of-the-art glasshouses are replacing those built 20 and 30 years ago.” While the number of greenhouses is diminishing, it’s expected that greenhouse tomato production will increase as old facilities are replaced with new ones that can churn out higher yields. Especially as technological innovations from Holland find their way to Poland, Nowakowski believes that the quality, shelf life and volume of Polish tomatoes will increase. That would go well with what Nowakowski believes is the best quality that Polish tomatoes possess: their taste.

“The main round variety is Admiro, which has a good taste, good shelf life, and it keeps fresh over long distances,” said Nowakowski. “Our beef tomatoes are Growdena and Bogota varieties, which have shorter shelf lives, but they both have a great taste that is appreciated by Polish and Russian consumers.”

For more information:
Jan Nowakowski
Genesis Fresh
Tel: + 48 22 378 34 05
[email protected]
www.genesisfresh.com

Publication date: 7/2/2013
Author: Carlos Nunez
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