Coronavirus
(COVID-19)
Expert Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread ramifications on personal and professional lives. In these video conversations, our PMA staff experts talk about vital current topics with other experts from inside and outside our industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread ramifications on personal and professional lives. In these video conversations, our PMA staff experts talk about vital current topics with other experts from inside and outside our industry.

PMA Virtual Town Hall
Update from Washington
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 noon ET
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PMA Virtual Town Hall
Update from Washington
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 noon ET
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PMA Interview with the Experts: Drs. Kastner and Unruh, Kansas State University Discuss Resilience

PMA CSO Dr. Max Teplitski sat down with Dr. Justin Kastner and Dr. Daniel Unruh of K State University to discuss how the produce industry can assuage public concerns and fears, as well as ways for our industry to provide access to fresh produce during the COVID-19 pandemic. They outline food system resilience and how to address ways to reemerge after a catastrophe, such as the current pandemic.

Interview with the Experts: Dr. Steve Goldman, MIT - Economic Resilience and Functional Redundancy

Dr. Steve Goldman, consultant and a faculty member at MIT discusses economic resilience and steps companies should take as the economy comes out of the pandemic. Dr. Goldman is clear in that there will be no return to the old ways, and companies should not wait for the economy to stabilize before implementing changes to their businesses. Dr. Goldman is clear in that resilient companies are built on three pillars: people, facilities, and connectivity; and functional redundancy within even small organizations is critical to weathering the pandemic.

Dr. William W. Li is an Internationally known physician, scientist and author

Well known in the industry for his New York Times best seller Eat to Beat Disease – New science on how the body can heal itself. Dr. Li’s ground breaking work has lead to thirty new medical treatments and impact care for more than seventy diseases including – Cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart diseases, and obesity.

When it comes to food, Dr. Li has 3 key recommendations: Choose foods that resonate with you, Eat mainly whole foods – fruits and vegetables, Break barriers – “get cooking” and explore new things.

Interview with the Experts: Dr. Lori Francis, Penn State University.
Telling the story of food to get kids excited about fresh produce.

PMA CSO Dr. Max Teplitski and The Produce Mom Lori Taylor sat down with the Penn State associate professor Dr. Lori Francis to discuss access to fruits and vegetables in various communities, strategies to promote healthy eating that every parent can implement and some unexpected discoveries about kids’ eating while they watch TV. Dr. Francis also emphasizes how "telling the story of your food" helps not only with engaging children with their food, but also allows for children to create associations and greater appreciation for food. 

Interview with the Experts: Dr. Lori Francis, Penn State University.
How parents impact children’s habits and play a role in food literacy.

PMA CSO Dr. Max Teplitski and The Produce Mom Lori Taylor interview Penn State associate professor Dr. Lori Francis to learn from her work on parent’s impact eating and exercise habits, and how food literacy impacts child’s relationship with food. She also offers insights on food literacy, "Eating the Alphabet," and more.

Interview with the Experts: Satri Alpine, The Oppenheimer Group

Megan Nash, Program Director with Center for Growing Talent sat down with Satri Alpine, Director, Talent & Culture with The Oppenheimer Group, to discuss the health and safety of our work forces, adjusting to the new normal, and planning for re-entry back into the office.

Interview with the Experts: Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, North Carolina State University.

Dr. Max Teplitski sat down with the NCSU Distinguished Professor and Member of the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus to discuss when environmental sampling for SARS-CoV-2 in a food production facility is warranted, share her work on the effectiveness of fogging and technical considerations for the implementation of fogging to control foodborne pathogens. Dr. Jaykus weighs in on issues of personnel safety during fogging as well as treatment of employees with ozone and chlorine dioxide. Finally, she offers her thoughts on what else the industry could do to minimize person-to-person spread of the coronavirus.

Interview with the Experts: David Poirier, The Poirier Group

Ed Treacy, PMA VP, Supply Chain and Sustainability sat down with David Poirier of The Poirier Group to discuss navigating and enhancing your operations through the COVID-19 situation. David goes over ways to seize opportunities.

Interview with the Experts: Jeff Brandenburg, JSB Group

Dr. Trevor Suslow sits down with Jeff Brandenburg of the JSB Group to focus practical insights and tips for those considering entering or enhancing operations in e-commerce. They also look at packaging for e-commerce and distribution.

Interview With the Experts: Dr. Martial Ndeffo on Going the Extra Mile to Protect Farm Laborers

What can we do beyond face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and social distancing to protect our essential employees? Dr. Max Teplitski spoke with TAMU professor Martial Ndeffo, who spent his career investigating ways to combat diseases like Ebola, TB, measles, chikungunya, African sleeping sickness and others.
PMA board member Patrick Vizzone interviews Dr. Maximo Torero, Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to discuss the future of agriculture as we come out of the pandemic.

Interview With the Experts: Richard Rosenkranz on Industry Health and Safety

Richard Rosenkranz
Kansas State professor Dr. Richard Rosenkranz discusses unhealthy habits of those of us who work from home during the lock-down, whether better nutrition can compensate for the lack of exercise, opportunities to teach kids how to eat healthy and measures to take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Interview With the Experts: Andrew Zimmern on Foodservice

We continue to focus on the unique challenges of the foodservice sector. PMA has convened a foodservice working group and has linked with the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC), whose goal is to fight for local restaurants and their entire supply chain. Our CMO Lauren M. Scott talks with one of IRC’s organizing members, Andrew Zimmern.

Interview With the Experts: Dr. Don Schaffner on Public Health

Don Schaffner
Rutgers Distinguished professor Dr. Don Schaffner clarifies how to interpret data on SARS-CoV-2 persistence on surfaces and what the persistence data means to the food industry and consumers; how to handle groceries during the pandemic and how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission from person-to-person in food production facilities, in retail and at home. We also learn what we are doing wrong while washing hands.

Dr. Max Teplitski regularly talks with experts in virology and public health, such as Dr. Don Schaffner, distinguished professor at Rutgers University.