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Who Would You Nominate for the World Food Prize?

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

I'm wondering who you would like to see nominated for the Prize? An activist for food sovereignty in India? A scientist working on agroforestry practices in Latin America? An agronomist developing green manure practices in sub-Saharan Africa?

Super Bowl Ad Extolling Virtues of Farm Labor Fails to Value, Include Farmworkers

Greg Asbed | Posted 04.08.2013 | Home
Greg Asbed

How could an ad celebrating the American farmer paint such a distorted picture of the people who actually work on farms today? The reality is that farmworkers are systematically underpaid and under-appreciated.

WATCH: U.S. Farm Worker Speaks About Slave-Like Conditions

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For every 32 pounds of tomatoes Leonel Perez picks on Florida farmlands, he says he receives a piece rate of 50 cents. "That's a piece rate that ha...

The Food Movement in 2012: Our Top 5 Learnings

Erin O'Donnell | Posted 01.16.2013 | Home
Erin O'Donnell

2012 was an up and down and altogether historic year for the food movement. In order to succeed in 2013, the movement needs to incorporate more voices from throughout the food chain and think creatively about how to unite across traditional boundaries.

My Holiday Wish: Let's Change the Lives of America's Farmworkers

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home
Maisie Ganzler

The physical conditions in the tomato fields were extreme. No shade, oppressively hot, with workers running with many pounds of tomatoes on their shoulders. I stood there fully aware that these workers are routinely exploited and sometimes physically enslaved. I had seen the overcrowded worker housing.

Must-See Farmworker Video Takes on Supermarkets, Holiday Season Food Industry Hypocrisy (VIDEO)

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 02.05.2013 | Home
Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the remarkable farmworker organization in Florida that I have written about many times over the years as they continue to win victory after victory in their Campaign for Fair Food, has done it again.

A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

Greg Asbed | Posted 01.22.2013 | Home
Greg Asbed

Like any family, the families who own and run Publix gather around their holiday tables and reflect on their joys and struggles. Among those joys, year after year, are soaring profits. Yet they inexplicably continue to turn their backs on the farmworkers who make those profits possible.

Thankful For A New Day For Florida Farmworkers: Publix, Join The Fair Food Program

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

As we thank God for the many people and their hands that produce our food, we can be thankful for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program. Publix Supermarket needs to hear from us that it is time to change.

Now With More Integrity: Chipotle Gets With the Fair Food Program

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

It's hard to believe that anyone's vision of sustainable food wouldn't include the people who grow it, but farmworkers, like slaughterhouse workers and others, are mostly hidden from view, an externality in industry's crush to keep prices artificially low.

The Scandal Of Publix and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Christian Critique

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Like Rev. Thomas, I'm part of a growing movement of people who realize that there is a moral dimension to capitalism

Dave Jamieson

Workers Crash Walmart Forum On Food Supply Ethics | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.20.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Representatives from the world's largest private employer and other Fortune 500 companies joined worker advocates, trade groups and gove...

Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Fields

Greg Asbed | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Greg Asbed

For too long, the industry responded to accusations of farm labor abuse with denial and opposition. But today there exists a better way forward embraced by the vast majority of Florida growers.

Integrity and Justice: Tell Chipotle To Go Deeper Than Just A Slogan

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

What is missing from thir vision of sustainability is justice and a living wage for farmworkers. If you eat a tomato in Chipotle that comes from Florida, it has not been grown with integrity.

Curb Your Appetite: Numbers 8:1-12:16

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

We need to approach the act of eating in a way far more mindful than is currently the case. In this week's biblical portion, Beha'alotcha, we have perhaps the archetypical biblical story of what consumption looks like without mindfulness.

A Penny a Pound: Campaign for Fair Food

Deborah Stambler | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Deborah Stambler

The Fair Food program is pretty simple: When these retailers and restaurants pay one penny more for a pound of tomatoes, workers wages increase dramatically.

Citing "Tradition," Big Ag Fights Reforms for Child Farmworkers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Child labor is a symptom of a monstrous blight across the food system: consumers relish cheap prices and companies reap profits, and workers pay the human cost.

Choosing Justice: We Can't Consume Our Way To A Better World

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must make ethical buying choices because it is the right thing to do. But we can't end there. We must raise our voices and tell the corporations that we will not eat or wear the products of exploitation.

Farmworkers Fast Outside Publix HQ

AP | Posted 05.05.2012 | Miami

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Florida farmworkers and their supporters are staging a fast outside Publix Super Markets headquarters in Lakeland. The fast organiz...

Farm Workers Plan Hunger Strike Of Major Supermarket Chain

Brandon, FL Patch | Posted 02.17.2012 | Home

Fifty people will begin a “Fast for Fair Food” next month outside the Publix headquarters in Lakeland, it was announced this week in Brandon. H...

Are Chipotle And Trader Joe's Really Selling Food With "Integrity?"

Daniel Klein | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Daniel Klein

Taco Bell has agreed to join the plight for farm workers, as have 9 other major corporations including McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, and Whole Foods. But guess who wont: Chipotle and Trader Joe's.

A Just Harvest For Sukkot

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

A just harvest cannot mean tomatoes picked by slave labor or for sub-poverty wages. We are calling on the Jewish community to support the Campaign for Fair Food.

Can Educating Consumers Help Make Farm Labor Fair?

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

While the traditional farm labor movement may have lost ground, other groups have surfaced on the horizon to push beyond the bounds of traditional unions, on and off the farm.

Dirty Tomatoes: A Spiritual And Dietary Proposal

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I never really understood religious dietary restrictions, and to be honest, I've never even given up chocolate for Lent. But this kind of dietary scruple makes sense to me.

Why The Modern Tomato Is Flawed

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 07.27.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

In his new book, Barry Estabrook tells us why the modern factory-farmed tomato in most grocery stores is a poster child for nearly everything that is wrong with industrial agriculture.

You Say Tomato, I Say Slavery (video)

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

When you buy tomatoes at the local Publix, Ahold, Kroger, or Walmart, you become the last link in a chain that is attached to shackles in south Florida.