Lobbying plate full for California Grape & Tree Fruit League

05/01/2009 01:04:23 PM
Andy Nelson

But putting that into practice, at least right now, for grape growers is easier said than done.

“We understand the need to automate as much as possible,” he said. “But we have much different challenges in stickering for traceability down to that last clamshell.”

For now, the league is working on getting growers up to speed in time for GTIN box-level traceability standards set to go into effect next year.

Last but not least, the league will be working hard, as always, on water-related issues in the latter half of 2009, Bedwell said.

April saw what Bedwell called a historic event in California — a march, hosted by the California Latino Water Coalition, from Mendota to the San Luis Reservoir to protest the state’s current water policies.

Building more dams and moving more water from Northern to Southern California are among the goals the league intends to lobby for, Bedwell said.

Current conditions aside, no problem is more worthy of attention, he said.

“We’re not at risk this particular year, but we are long-term,” he said.


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