Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“Human Trafficking: 6 Solutions that Are Working”…

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, the long-term interests of growers, and the ethical supply chain concerns of retail food companies through implementation of the Fair Food Program.

In 2001, farmworkers in Immokalee (FL) launched an ambitious new Campaign for Fair Food to educate consumers on the labor conditions behind the food they eat.

Through the campaign, farmworkers and consumers have built an alliance that encourages retail food companies to use their enormous purchasing power to require higher labor standards for farmworkers who harvest the produce they buy. Over the next decade, this new alliance won Fair Food Agreements with a dozen of the world’s largest food companies.

By requiring retail food companies to pay a small premium, the Fair Food Program helps reverse decades of worsening farmworker poverty. Since its inception in 2011, the Program has added $15 million to Florida tomato farms’ payrolls. By requiring Participating Buyers to only purchase tomatoes from growers who comply with the Fair Food Code of Conduct, the Fair Food Program harnesses retailers’ immense purchasing power to enforce the most progressive labor standards in US agriculture today.

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