Dr DeJong emphasized that “Today we have an unprecedented opportunity in the production of fruits and vegetables: an increasing number of healthy conscious consumers. This is creating large opportunities and this demand for fruits and vegetables requires more science and technology. Moreover, if there is an increasing interest in consuming fruits and vegetables, this benefits almost everyone. Continuous research on the benefits of F&V, as well as in their preservation, is needed, as is to educate consumers, increase efficiency and reduce waste in the entire supply chain”.
“There are still a lot of opportunities: post-harvest, handling, processing are still major issues, especially in the developing world. So, the International Society for Agricultural Science must invest resources to communicate and distribute the new information, new science, and new technology to people around the world. This provides the opportunity for scientists to communicate what they do and to learn from other people.”
“And a most relevant consideration, the central importance of water and the effects of climate change on the farmers, already having an excessive impact”.