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Letters to the “Pundit”

An important part of the content of Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit is provided by industry members and observers who engage with the “Pundit” by contributing information, analysis, commentary and photography on a multitude of issues of industry concern.

The engagement is immense, sustained and consistent. Jim Prevor personally selects letters to run and comment upon from far more input than could possibly be used.

Many contributions are published with full attribution, including name, position and affiliation. In other cases, Jim Prevor protects the identity of letter-writers. In all cases, the identity of each and every contributor is known to Jim Prevor. No anonymous contributions are ever published. Typically Jim Prevor will characterize the position of writers whose identity he is protecting by explaining what role he or she plays in the industry or what connection he or she may have to the topic.

Pieces containing these letters are included in the archives of Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, which you can access here.

In addition, many are included by topic area under our various “Hot Topic” buttons and you can access these here.

However the value of this engagement is so vast and the contributors so prominent — including industry members from every business sector and every continent, save Antarctica, plus a roster of writers including university professors, government officials, lawyers, association leaders, on and on — that we thought it useful to offer a compendium of these contributions in one place. Please note this archive only includes letters we have elected to publish.

We’ve actually divided the letters into two parts.

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Pundit Letters (Identity Disclosed)


Dr. Alan Legge
Senior Consultant
CWA International Consultancy Services
London, England

TAGS: Agrawal, Euro Fruits Pvt. Ltd., India, Indian, grapes, export, packhouse, Legge,

Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Samina Virani A Quarter Century of Progress In A Unique Conversation With The Pundit, Learn How Nitin Agrawal -- The 'George Washington' Of The Indian Grape Industry -- And Euro Fruits Have Built An Industry And Changed The World… Learn The Ethical Basis Of Leadership All At The Amsterdam Produce Show And ConferenceWe received a simple document, titled Euro Fruits Impact Report 2017 that reminded us that it was the 25th anniversary of Nitin Agrawal’s founding of Euro Fruits and thus of the Indian grape export industry. We knew instantly what had to be done and we soon were granted a great honor, as Nitin Agrawal has agreed to come to come to The Amsterdam Produce show and Conference and engage in an exclusive conversation with yours truly, to discuss the incredible story of the development of this industry from nothing to an industry that now regularly exports 187 million metric tons in a year. 11/14/2017
Robert Stovicek
Santa Maria, CA

TAGS: van der Weijden, cycling, Stovicek, cancer, Olympics, gold, swimming, luck, immune, Amsterdam Produce Show, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, Samina Virani

‘A Man Believes What He Wants To Believe’ Dutch Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Swimmer — And Cancer Survivor — Maarten van der Wiejden Will Talk About Diet Variation, Vegetables And A Vision Of Belief At The Amsterdam Produce ShowWhen we had the opportunity to have Maarten van der Wiejden, winner of the Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, speak to our industry about his battle with cancer and how he lives his life today, we leapt to have him be part of our event. 11/14/2017
Bob Sanderson
Jonathan's Sprouts
Marion, MA

TAGS: Sanderson, Jonathan's Sprouts, global warming, civilization, creative destruction, unemployment, alienation, automation, affluence, Joseph Schumpeter, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor

Pundit’s Mailbag — Unemployment, Automation, Modern Technology and Envy Will ‘Our’ Civilization Crumble? Is A Moral Renaissance Possible? our piece, Pundit’s Mailbag – Thoughts On Global Warming and Wealth, brought this response from frequent contributor Bob Sanderson of Jonathan's Sprouts. We appreciate Bob’s engagement on this important topic, and he makes four points: 1) It is easy to lament civilization’s collapse, but harder to define that civilization. 2) That unemployment is a key factor is civilizations’ destabilization. 3) That automation is a key factor causing unemployment. 4) That modern technology arouses hopelessness and frustration among people, making their situation worse than it might have been in previous times. 5/11/2017

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