CEA Food Safety Coalition to lead Indoor Ag-Conversations Webinar September 9, 2020

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Experts From Leading Indoor Farms To Discuss Food Safety Challenges & Opportunities Unique to CEA

Press Release — The CEA Food Safety Coalition will bring together a panel of food safety experts from Bowery Farming, Planted Detroit, Plenty, and BrightFarms to discuss “Food Safety Challenges and Opportunities Unique to CEA” on September 9, 2020 from 2-3 pm EST. The latest addition to the monthy Indoor Ag-Conversations webinar series from Indoor Ag-Con, LLC, the session is free and open to all industry members.

Moderated by CEA Food Safety Coalition Executive Director Marni Karlin, the panel includes Isabel Chamberlain, Senior Manager of Food Safety, Plenty; Simon Yevzelman, Director of Operations, Planted Detroit; Chris Livingston, General Counsel, Bowery Farming; Jackie Hawkins, Senior Manager of Food Safety, BrightFarms.

During the informative 60-minute session, attendees will

  • Learn about food safety opportunities and challenges specific to CEA leafy greens production – including areas such as system design and recirculating water
  • Hear from food safety experts from CEA leafy greens producers representing a variety of production practices, sizes, and geographies
  • Gain an understanding into the role of technology in CEA food safety
  • Learn why consumers and retailers should care – and the work the Coalition is doing to develop a CEA-specific food safety addendum

“The CEA Food Safety Coalition plays a critically important role in our industry,” says Brian Sullivan, co-owner, Indoor Ag-Con, LLC. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide a platform for the Coalition and its experts to share the latest information around best practices, technological advances and safety standards with the Indoor Ag-Con audience.”

“The Covid crisis has increased consumer awareness of and interest in the growing CEA sector — making CEA-specific food safety standards and education even more important today. The Coalition is building a community of engaged CEA industry stakeholders to develop CEA-specific food safety standards, advocate, and educate toward a goal of a healthier, more sustainable food system and this session helps further that goal,”adds Marni Karlin, Executive Director, CEA Food Safety Coalition.

The program is free and attendees can register at www.indoor.ag/webinar

Indoor Ag-Con LLC created the new Indoor Ag-Conversations series to share content originally planned for its May 2020 in-person annual conference that was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To learn more about this session, as well as other upcoming programs on the schedule, visit www.indoor.ag/webinar

Founded in 2013, Indoor Ag-Con, LLC produces the premier event for the indoor | vertical farming industry touching all sectors of the business — produce, legal cannabis, hemp, alternate protein and non-food crops. In December 2018, three event industry professionals – Nancy Hallberg, Kris Sieradzki and Brian Sullivan – purchased Indoor Ag-Con LLC, setting the stage for further expansion of the events globally. For more information, visit: www.indoor.ag


The CEA Food Safety Coalition is an independent and member-governed organization whose membership is comprised of controlled environment leafy greens growers who subject their production processes to external audit. Its goal is to keep people safe from food-borne illness. The Coalition was established to develop credible, strong, and appropriate food safety standards; educate consumers and regulators on controlled environment growing; and communicate the value of controlled environment agriculture. For more information, visit: www.ceafoodsafety.org

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