Take a broader perspective of involvement - The Packer

Take a broader perspective of involvement

05/10/2013 09:39:00 AM
Tom Stenzel

That deal was forged by Republican and Democratic senators, and both agricultural employers and farmworkers.

But salad bar celebrations in San Diego and immigration battles in Washington, D.C., are not disparate issues addressed separately on the East and West coasts.

Just like my view from that parachute, I can imagine looking down to see the curvature of the earth with thousands of attendees in California linked across 3,000 miles to help win the day on immigration reform in Washington, D.C.

Attendees will find a new exhibit this year — our Immigration Reform Call Center — providing a quick and easy means for visitors to call their senators and urge support for this immigration bill.

They can just pick up the phone, punch in their ZIP code, and be connected directly to their individual congressional offices.

We’re on the precipice of a breakthrough that can grow produce consumption beyond anything we’ve ever seen.

But we have to be able to harvest and pack our products.

Those goals are part of the same mission we have at United. They have to go together.

And that’s the value of a broader perspective.

Tom Stenzel is president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.

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