02 Apr '11, 4am

Startling new report shines light on farm labor conditions—and they ain’t good

Tom, thanks for covering this important topic. Putting the data in the Inventory alongside the New York Times piece gives great context. I had the chance to go to Immokalee again this week and meet with CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers, the first large grower who is piloting the provisions in the agreement. Getting the penny per pound to the workers remains challenging. Until the supermarkets sign on to the campaign, there isn't critical mass to force distributors to properly track the tomato purchases from Florida to dining venues around the country (right now only 10% of this grower's customers have signed an agreement with CIW). However, the agreement with CIW also includes a code of conduct and the impacts of that are already being felt in a meaningful way. Workers now have a safe way to raise concerns, women are receiving training on their rights regarding sexual harass...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-04-01-bo...

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