Following a discovery by researchers, citrus growers may one day have an effective deterrent against the ever-growing spread of Asian citrus psyllid.  The invasive pest that can carry the disease huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, causes trees, once infected, to decline in health and produce bitter, misshaped fruit until it dies.

Jeff Janas

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an organization known for its critical positions of the produce industry, released a new food database yesterday that places organic and conventional produce at the top of its scale that promotes increased daily consumption.   Rating over 80,000 foods on a scale of 1 to 10 -- with 1 being the best score -- organic and conventional fruits and vegetables received scores of 1 to 1.5, ranking them as one of the “best” foods for consumers.   According to their own press release, only about 18% of the 80,000 foods being evaluated received the “best” ranking.


 

Matt McInerney

A.G. Kawamura, owner and partner of Orange County Produce, L.L.C. and Western Growers Board Director, recently spoke at a local TEDx Orange Coast Conference taking on the notion that our national food system is broken and needs fixed.  His speech entitled, “Food is a privilege, not a right,” takes on the critics who think that we need to change our views about food and agriculture.

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