Profiles in Produce: Ted Campbell

08/22/2011 12:05:00 AM
Tara Schupner

So he wrote. He called the ABC News story “an insult” to every American food grower. He said it vilified the Florida strawberry growers “at a time when they themselves are ensuring record losses.”

Campbell’s letter wondered why the story didn’t mention the other times and places farmers couldn’t harvest their crops, or the many growers who opened their fields to locals and charities, despite the risk of damaging other crops or being sued for an accident.

Campbell also submits public comments to the government on behalf of his organization, such as about PACA trust issues. He has been president of the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

You can put a label on Campbell, retailer or bulldog for growers or governing leader, but none of them fully fit. He’s a man who keeps learning and growing.

“You learn through every channel,” he said, “and apply what you’ve learned in every other channel.”


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