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PMA Takes On Tech

Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology, PMA

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Every day, technology transforms the way our food is grown, harvested, packaged, delivered, and consumed. But it can be hard to navigate this emerging new world. The PMA Takes On Tech podcast provides a look at how technology and innovation are supporting the fresh produce and floral industries. Hosted by Vonnie Estes, vice president of technology at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), this podcast examines how technology supports the professionals and businesses in the fresh produce ch ...
 
Rendez-vous sur l'application Radio France pour découvrir tous les autres épisodes / Le jour où j'ai voulu faire un enfant par Procréation Médicalement assistée, j'ai découvert que je n'en avais pas le droit, alors j'ai décidé d'en faire un podcast.
 
PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude... Cass wanted to create a radio/ podcast station to promote positivity in her interviews. You can also listen to a variety of hip hop, R&B and rap music throughout your day. Cover art photo provided by Liana Mikah on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@lianamikah
 
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I had so much interest in being on the podcast in Israel that we are doing Part 2! As a global innovation hub, Israel uses novel technologies to lead the AgTech and FoodTech industry towards a more efficient and sustainable future; it serves as a global laboratory for producing more food using fewer resources. Israeli start-ups are improving tradit…
 
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As a global innovation hub, Israel uses novel technologies to lead the AgTech and FoodTech industry towards a more efficient and sustainable future; it serves as a global laboratory for producing more food using fewer resources. Israeli start-ups are improving traditional agriculture by introducing new, groundbreaking technologies in the field. The…
 
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