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OPN Connect Newsletter 230 · August 12, 2021

Investigative Journalist Larissa Zimberoff Announced as Keynote Presenter at Organic Produce Summit 2021


Investigative journalist and author Larissa Zimberoff has been confirmed as a keynote presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), which will be held on September 15-16 in Monterey, CA.

Zimberoff will deliver a TED-style talk on how “New Food” is disrupting the food industry and what the organic sector can learn as technology has a greater influence on our food supply. Zimberoff’s background in tech and her love of food and the science behind it prompted her to explore food startups and the ways they are searching for solutions to food waste.

Stemilt October 2021

Larissa Zimberoff, Investigative Journalist and Author

Zimberoff is the author of the recently released book, Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat, a deep dive into the growth of highly capitalized plant and cell-based food companies that are jockeying to change what we eat—and the way we eat. As technology continues to transform the way “New Food” is produced, Zimberoff will discuss the impact and consequences of our changing food production systems on consumers’ health and the environment.

“Technology is changing what we are eating and the way our food is produced, with companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat becoming more popular in grocery stores and restaurants,” said Susan Canales, President of Organic Produce Summit. “OPS attendees will hear about Zimberoff’s extensive research into these high-tech “new foods” and how companies are looking for new uses for products previously thought of as waste, like algae and fungi.”

Wish Farms October 2021

Susan Canales, President, Organic Produce Summit

A writer covering the intersection of food and technology, Zimberoff is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg/Businessweek and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and more.

In addition to two educational sessions focused on CEA, an ed session looking at the organic industry in a post-COVID environment and a keynote presentation by Jim Donald, co-chairman of Albertsons, have also been announced for OPS 2021.

Starr October 2021

OPS is the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers, shippers, and processors with retailers and buying organizations from across the globe. The fifth annual OPS will feature a trade show floor showcasing over 160 of North America’s organic fresh produce growers, shippers, and processors exhibiting their products to hundreds of retailers and buyers. Field tours at several of the nation’s leading organic producers are also available for qualified retailers and wholesalers at OPS.

Retailer and general registration for OPS 2021 is available at www.organicproducesummit.com. Additional information about the event, including schedule, sponsors, and a complete list of exhibiting companies, is also available on the website.

Chelan October 2021
Growers Ice Co October 2021

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