CropLife America Celebrates National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America (CLA) is excited to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and the vital role that crop protection plays in growing the crops needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Everything you eat over time matters and health organizations and medical professionals advise consumers to eat a balanced diet with a focus on fresh fruit and vegetables, contributing to a long and fulfilling life. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) My Plate program, finding your healthy eating style and maintaining it over a lifetime includes making half your plate fruit and vegetables.

A robust agricultural system with tools to assist farmers of all growing methods is imperative to the production of food. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. With the responsible use of today’s agricultural tools, such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, farmers are able to grow the fruit and vegetables needed to nourish communities around the country.

“Today’s agricultural practices play a vital and necessary role in supporting the production of nutritious food,” said Dr. Janet E. Collins, senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs at CLA. “As a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I’m pleased to see a renewed emphasis placed on fruit and vegetables as the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. CLA and its members are proud to work in an industry that ensures a wide variety of produce is available year-round to people across the U.S.”

“The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans urge consumers to make at least half of their plate fruit and vegetables, and the crop protection industry directly supports everyone’s ability to incorporate more produce into their diets,” said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month is a celebration of the variety of produce we enjoy in the U.S. due to the amazing work of farmers and ranchers as well as the products the crop protection industry creates to minimize crop threats.”

Celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month by joining CLA’s #AgLoudAgProud initiative. Show your support for U.S. agriculture on InstagramTwitterFacebook and other social media by taking a selfie and tagging it #AgLoudAgProud. Throughout the year, CLA seeks to engage consumers, growers, educators, foodies, and others in discussions related to crop protection and today’s food production methods.

Michael Leary