Morning Agriculture: Investing in Fruits and Vegetables — Perdue’s Paperwork Keeps on Lagging — Lighthizer Gets a Date

INVESTING IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: As the U.S. tries to tackle its obesity epidemic, there’s been plenty of debate about how to get people to eat better. Do we need to improve access to healthy foods? Teach cooking? Tax sugary drinks? But there’s one really unsexy issue that’s hardly ever discussed: Specialty crop research!

 In POLITICO’s Agenda 2020, a special report focused on obesity that published today, yours truly dives into the world of fruit and vegetable research and related technology, from farm to salad bowl, past and present. Riveting, right? It might seem strange to think about vegetables as technology, but they are. Spinach is a prime example: Breathable packaging designed in the 1980s has driven a big jump in consumption of the dark leafy green…

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