Family-scale farmers in the Global North, including North America and Western Europe, face numerous challenges from corporate agribusiness, unfair domestic policies and so-called “free trade agreements.” Maintaining family farmers’ livelihoods is essential to national food security, rural community development and a safe and nutritious food system. Holding government agencies accountable, enacting fair trade policy and purchasing products from certified farmers contribute to efforts to support family farmers.
The Agriculture Justice Project (AJP) is a non-profit initiative to create fairness and equity in our food system through the development of social justice standards. The AJP “Food Justice Certified” seal represents a high bar standard for justice and is the most rigorous third party verification process in North America. AJP’s standards were developed over four years of stakeholder input involving farmers, farmworkers, and indigenous, retail, and consumer groups and are an attempt to codify in concrete terms what making a legitimate claim of “social justice” in organic and sustainable agriculture means.