Make Our Food Safe
10/11/2010

Editorial: "The benefit of working together for next farm bill"

The Packer | Steffanie Smith, Jim Lemke and Reggie Griffin

"If you’ve been in this industry long enough, you can sense it — the feeling that we are at a tipping point, and that we’ve got tremendous potential for making big things happen for our businesses.

That kind of anticipation and energy was shared by more than 500 industry leaders attending United’s Washington Public Policy Conference last month. Sure, we’ve got significant challenges to tackle, but it was gratifying to see so many industry leaders, from every part of the industry, who are eager to roll up their sleeves and make a real difference.

As elected leaders of United Fresh, our three companies (River Point Farms, C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Kroger) span the supply chain from grower through retailer. We each have our own perspective on the issues and opportunities our respective companies face, including food safety, Produce Traceability Initiative, immigration reform and more.

We also know that solutions won’t be realized by working alone. We’ve got to collectively strive for solutions that bridge market segments and bring benefits to everyone..."

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