The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) recently updated its website to provide viewers with enhanced information on the nonprofit organization as well as additional information about the safety of fruits and vegetables. The new website is designed to ramp up the organization’s efforts to create a higher profile for itself amongst consumers and within the produce industry.
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.
Western Growers is participating in an update of the Growers Priority Database and is seeking member assistance in identifying pesticides being used by grower members where the established U.S. MRL is greater than the corresponding MRL in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.