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Love the Hands that Feed You. 6 Tips for a More Sustainable Valentine's Day.

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This Valentine's Day, before planning your romantic dinner or buying roses and chocolate, think about how your choices will affect the hands that feed you.

On Labor Day, Let's Celebrate Farm and Food System Workers

Joann Lo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Joann Lo

Farmers' markets have had an explosive growth, countless schools now have vegetable gardens, and we are paying more attention to the link between our diets and our health. Yet, most food labor issues still remain under the radar.

101 Hopeful Food Facts

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. There are 500 million smallholder farms worldwide and more than two billion people in the world depend on them for their livelihoods.

Watch: All Work and No Pay

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

You've heard about the wave of recent protests calling on fast food chains like McDonald's and Burger King to raise wages for their employees, who are forced to live on next to nothing. But did you know that many workers in sit-down restaurants may be faring even worse?

Not Your Usual Restaurant Reviews: 2013 ROC National Diner's Guide to Ethical Eating

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 01.15.2013 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

While the Restaurant Opportunity Centers' initiatives target business, consumers have a big role to play. By choosing to dine in a place that works to improve labors relationships, we can indirectly "vote with our dollars."

Would You Like a Splash of Typhoid Fever With Your Cocktail Drink?

Erica Sommers | Posted 10.09.2012 | Miami
Erica Sommers

If you asked the average bartender, waiter or dishwasher at a restaurant if they have paid sick days, they would probably laugh in your face and then cry. That is because, paid sick days or not, the majority have probably gone to work sick.

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Raise: How The Wage Floor For American Servers Hasn't Budged In Two Decades | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

Rebecca Williams has waited tables, on and off, for 30 years. A lot has changed since her first stint in the business ended in the early 1990s. Restau...

PHOTOS: Why 60 People Stormed Capital Grille

Posted 02.29.2012 | Miami

In the middle of the dinner rush at Capital Grille in Brickell Tuesday night, more than 50 advocates joined two current and former employees as they w...

Study: Restaurants Feed on Exploited Women's Labor

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Next time you plunk down some change on the table before leaving a restaurant, think about what might be behind that service with a smile. A new study warns that when Americans eat out, they feed into an industry fueled by exploitation and rampant discrimination against women.

New Report Shows Women In Restaurant Industry Face Harassment, Lower Wages

Posted 02.14.2012 | Home

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), working in concert with other labor advocacy groups, released a report ("Tipped Over The Edge") this week o...

Olive Garden Owner Targeted In Race Discrimination Suit

Posted 02.08.2012 | Home

Last week, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), an advocacy group dedicated to equality for restaurant workers, filed a federal employee disc...

Restaurant Cooks Up Local Foods, Labor Rights

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.11.2012 | Detroit

COLORS-Detroit, a restaurant that emphasizes ethics, social justice and workers rights as much as fine dining, held its grand opening Tuesday. The ...

At Restaurant Born After 9/11, Respect for Worker Rights

Ted Hesson | Posted 11.13.2011 | New York
Ted Hesson

Among the many tragedies that define 9/11, however, there have also been stories of hope and perseverance. One such inspirational story is that of Colors, a restaurant located in downtown Manhattan near New York University.

Alexander Eichler

Former WTC Restaurant Employees Unite | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

On Sept. 8, 2001, Sekou Siby was playing soccer on a field in Queens with several of his co-workers. At that time, Siby was a line cook and chef who s...