01 Apr '11, 3pm

Bon Appétit and United Farm Workers Partner to Improve Labor Conditions in U.S. Agriculture: Image: UFW In 2009...

Bon Appétit and United Farm Workers Partner to Improve Labor Conditions in U.S. Agriculture: Image: UFW In 2009...

In 2009, the CEO and vice president of Bon Appétit visited southern Florida with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), "to get a firsthand look at the labor conditions for the pickers who supply winter tomatoes to kitchens across the U.S." What they saw there, according to Bon Appétit, prompted the company to draft a Code of Conduct that establishes "game-changing fair labor requirements for Florida tomato growers ," and to then say they would not buy tomatoes from growers that didn't sign it. The company says it spent the next year looking at other agriculture sectors, and then decided to partner with United Farm Workers and Oxfam America in order to get a real sense of the scale of the problem nationwide. That collaboration produced a report released yesterday (César Chávez Day ) detailing the conditions and treatment of farm laborers around the country.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/bon-appetit-unite...

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