Newsletter 166: Time for Justice in the Fields!

Fair World Project: For A Better World

Justice in the Fields — New Report Evaluates Fair Labor Claims of Seven Certifications

Justice in the Fields - New ReportFarmworkers are an essential part of our food system, yet one that remains unseen. They work long, hard days, handling dangerous equipment and chemicals all for low wages. Many U.S. labor laws that protect other workers include exemptions for farmworkers due to decades-old deals rooted in racism and systemic discrimination. That’s why today farmworkers are often not subject to the same minimum wage laws or union protections as other workers.

Our new report Justice in the Fields examines some of the key challenges facing farmworkers and reviews seven of the eco-social certifications that appear on our food. We find four programs with strong standards and good enforcement to help ensure workers are well treated. For a full analysis of issues from empowerment to safety, housing to wages, and enforcement, download the full report: Read the Report

Take Action for Farmworker Justice!

Be Fair to Farmworkers - Take ActionYou may have noticed that big grocery store chains like Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Kroger are starting to talk about social justice as part of sustainability and are offering more products making such claims. Yet these commitments do not go nearly far enough to protect some of the most marginalized, including farmworkers, throughout its supply chain. Read more on our blog and help support farmworkers… Take Action

Yolanda’s Story: The Meaning of Fair Trade Month & Co-op Month

October is Fair Trade Month & Co-op Month, a perfect time to reflect on why we think these two things are so fundamental to a just economy. Instead of economic analysis, we offer up a series of posts based on our conversation with Yolanda, a member of a fair trade weaving cooperative in Guatemala–and some beautiful photos from that visit. We talked about so much more than weaving, how climate change is the difference between 400 lbs and 25 lbs of beans, what seed saving means to her, and how the community came together to fight Monsanto. See the whole series here: The Meaning of Fair Trade Month Co-op Photos Guatemala View Series

Take Action: It’s Time for Nestlé to be Accountable for its Supply Chain!

Last month a fire at the Tampaco Foil factory in Bangladesh claimed 30 plus lives and wounded even more people. Consumer outrage around the world in the wake of several disastrous garment factories accidents in the region, including the collapse of Rana Plaza killing over 1,000 workers, pressured apparel brands to examine their supply chains. That pressure led to some improvements in fire safety in garment factories, but those improvements have not yet translated to other sectors.

To date, the victims and their families have not been compensated and Nestlé has made no commitment to ensure this type of catastrophe doesn’t happen again. Let Nestlé know that the world is watching! Tampaco Factory Fire - Nestle to be Accountable for the 30 Lives Claimed.

Additional Reading:

More on Historic Vote for Washington Berry Pickers
Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, in Context Across the Hemisphere
Can Agroecology Feed the World & Save the Planet?

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