Newsletter 128: Tell Major Restaurants and Grocery Stores That Farmworker Exploitation is Not OK

Fair World Project: For A Better World

Take Action for Farmworkers on Fruit and Vegetable Farms in Mexico

The Los Angeles Times recently published the start of a major investigative report confirming illegal, abusive, and unsafe conditions for farmworkers on farms in Mexico supplying fruits and vegetables to US companies including Safeway, Subway, and Darden Restaurants (owner of restaurants like Olive Garden and the Yard House) among others. Under NAFTA, imports of fresh fruits in vegetables to the US from Mexico have more than doubled and most of this is from farms where workers are exploited and underpaid. The report sites lack of public pressure as one factor that allows companies like restaurants and grocery stores to believe they do not need to prioritize oversight.

That ends now. It is time to let Subway, Darden, and Safeway know we will insist on oversight and victim compensation.

Photo Credit: DON BARTLETTI (LA Times)


Fair Trade in Nicaragua

In May we celebrated World Fair Trade Day and as the final step in this celebration, last week FWP and the winners of our video contest went to Nicaragua to learn about fair trade on the ground and meet some of the co-ops Equal Exchange and Maggie’s Organics work with. At Tierra Nueva, the group met not only the primary producers, but also learned about the role of the secondary or umbrella co-op in training producers and advocating for policies ranging from gender equity to organic farming.
Read the FWP blog to learn more.
The winners, Olivia and Wendy, also kept a blog chronicling their adventure.

Support FWP While You Shop

Maggie’s Organics is supporting us with a special offer. When you make an organic and fair trade apparel purchase from Maggie’s between now and February, they’ll give you 15% off and donate $5 to us. It’s a great way to purchase and promote real fair trade! Just use code FWP2015.
Maggies Supports FWP

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Fair World Project (FWP) is a campaign of the Organic Consumers Association, a 501c(3) non-profit organization. FWP promotes fair trade, insists on integrity in fair trade, and cultivates a holistic approach to global economics.

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