Friday, July 29, 2011 by Kathy Means
In June, members of PMA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) met in Washington, D.C., and told government officials why increasing produce consumption is important to them and their businesses. Here at Field to Fork, we want to highlight a few of those stories. This story comes from Anthony DeAngelis of Christopher Ranch.
Anthony has concerns over the big/small characterizations of the fresh produce industry by policymakers. Often we hear about “big agriculture” – and usually not in a nice way. Although Christopher Ranch is the largest U.S. producer/distributor of fresh garlic, the company supports many family farms. Anthony notes: “The modern produce grower is not easily divided into neat distinctions between farm-stand proprietors and those that capitalize on traditional government-subsidy row crops. Specifically, we’re a third-generation family business, but we are not Cargill, Archer-Daniels Midland, Dow, etc. Yet we all hope to serve the same goal of increasing produce consumption by the American public.”
Anthony said the company is directing its efforts through PMA GAC to enable industry and government to have better working knowledge of the constituents in our industry and vice-versa. “We want to reduce the risk of legislation that is based on misperceptions or misclassifications of whom we are or who we benefit/serve as an industry,” he said.
Anthony has it right: We must be sure those who govern our industry understand who we are and what we do. What misperceptions do you see that need correction? Let us know.