Politics is like a spectator sport to me, so I guess I’m lucky that the “season” of presidential politics is 18 months long and lengthening every cycle. Although, as with Major League Baseball, I’m much more interested once the playoffs arrive. However, there are so many areas of government policy that involve the fresh produce industry, it behooves us all to watch closely for policy positions that may directly affect us throughout the drawn out process.
While school nutrition and food waste aren’t the kind of flashpoint issues that fire up either party’s base, immigration and environmental policies certainly can and do. These aren’t the only policy topics to listen for as you’re determining who your candidates up and down the ballot will be. With so many issues intertwined/closely affecting each other and many varying viewpoints, even within our industry, we created the following list that identifies key issues that we believe all fresh produce industry members should keep an eye on over the next 13 months.