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February 23, 2022

Voices of the Valley: Building a Resilient, Safe Food Supply

IRVINE, CALIF. (February 23, 2022) – The past month’s episodes of Voices of the Valley, the podcast hosted by Dennis Donohue, the Director of Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, and Candace Wilson, CEO of GreenVenus, feature three agricultural leaders discussing how they are working in their respective spheres to ensure the nation maintains a safe food supply despite mounting pressures.

Casey Creamer, the President of California Citrus Mutual, spoke about bridging the gap between government, consumers and farmers and using science and automation to create a path that is beneficial for all parties.

Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, the Executive Director of the Center for Produce Safety, talked about the steps that are necessary to establish science-backed trust between growers, regulators and consumers.

In a two-part interview Orange County Producer Owner and Former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture A.G. Kawamura discussed the future of agriculture amid hard-learned lessons of the past. “It’s going to be easier to end hunger than ever before,” he said. “Since World War 2, we’ve had the capacity to feed the whole planet but, country by country, we just haven’t had the will to do it.”

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Casey Creamer

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Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli

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A.G. Kawamura Pt. 1

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A.G. Kawamura Pt. 2

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About Western Growers:

Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Western Growers’ members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including half of America’s fresh organic produce. Connect and learn more about Western Growers on Twitter and Facebook