Organic Produce Summit Reveals Final OPS 2022 Ed Session; Susan Canales Shares
MONTEREY, CA - With sustainability and environmental health at the forefront of consumers’ minds and suppliers’ growth strategies, the Organic Produce Summit (OPS) has unveiled its latest education session, Regenerative Ag 101: Is Regenerative the “New” Organic? The panel will feature experts from large-scale growers discussing their involvement in the new production method and what it means for the future of fresh produce.
“The word regenerative has become part of the everyday vocabulary of many in the organic fresh produce industry. Despite the widespread attention it has been receiving, there is no legal or regulatory definition of what the term means—or what the ramifications and implications of regenerative mean for producers, as well as consumers who purchase the products," said Susan Canales, President of OPS. “This session is designed to be a first step in helping the industry better understand what regenerative means, how it’s different from organic, and what regenerative products mean for retailers and consumers.”
Shelby Layne, Director of Environmental and Social Governance at Bolthouse Farms, will be moderating the session, a press release noted. The panel will include Eric Morgan, Vice President of Environmental Science and Resources, Braga Fresh Family Farms; T. Bruce Taylor, Vice President of Organic, Taylor Farms; and Vernon Peterson, Owner, Abundant Harvest Organics.
Each of the panelists will offer their insights on growing regenerative crops, the future of regenerative production and how the retail sector can manage and market these items to shoppers.
Regenerative agriculture has been described as an alternative means of producing food, with its advocates claiming that it lowers environmental and social impacts. Those using regenerative organic agriculture prioritize soil health and have high standards for animal welfare and worker fairness. Overall, the practice aims to create farm systems that work in harmony with nature to improve the quality of life for all.
OPS 2022 will be held July 13–14 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California.
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You can also register for OPS 2022 here.
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