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Bob Larson Pears and Health Benefits
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Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: July 09, 2019

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With today's Fruit Grower Report, I'm Bob Larson.

Maintaining a nutritious and healthy lifestyle is the focus of many in the food business and for a growing number of Americans.

Pear Bureau Northwest's Kathy Stephenson says part of their job is to make sure everyone knows about the health benefits of pears grown right here in our backyard...

STEPHENSON ... "One of the things that inspired us was when we read about a report from the Centers for Disease Control, the CDC, and it said that one in ten Americans do no get enough fruits and vegetables. And, that just really sparked for us that there's this opportunity for anyone in the fruit industry to really jump in and try to do more."

Stephenson says promotional engagement is fun but also important ...

STEPHENSON ... "... to remind people that fruit is one of the most simple things you can do to add fiber into your diet and improve heart health."

Stephenson says it's a valuable message ...

STEPHENSON ... "Nutrition is really important, especially for those younger generations. They seem to pay even more attention to the things that they're consuming. So, having a nice, strong message, for us it's all about fiber and how fiber satisfies us throughout the day and helping us with weight management as well as a whole bunch of other chronic diseases. So, those messages seem to be very strong and well-received and we will continue to continue on with the nutrition messaging for sure."

Pears are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, as well as being sodium, fat, and cholesterol free.

Keep up with everything pear-related at Pear Bureau Northwest's website and by following @USAPears on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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BL: Welcome back to another "Fruit Bites" brought to you by Valent U.S.A. With us again is Valent's Allison Walston. And this week Allison, tell me how a cheap digital kitchen scale can help agriculture?

AW: Dry Flowable and Water Dispersible Granular formulations have gained popularity in agriculture because they are easy to handle, easy to pour out like a liquid and don't give off dust.

BL: I'm feeling a "but" coming...

AW: But, those handy scoops that come with the product can be off as much as 10%. Growers obsess over measuring cups but what they really need is a cheap digital kitchen scale.

BL: ahh, so by weighing the product instead of using a measuring cup, you gain accuracy.

AW: Exactly! Because the product settles, similar to that bag of chips that never seems full, dry materials should be measured by weight and not by volume.

BL: seems like a great investment.

AW: As my buddy Byron says, just cause you can measure a dry product like a liquid, doesn't mean you should.

BL: That's heavy, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I'm Bob Larson.

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