Food Bloggers for Slave-Free Tomatoes

Food Bloggers for Slave-Free Tomatoes July 24, 2012 is hosted by #thegivingtable and #slavefreetomatoes International Justice Mission #IJMHQ Recipe for Change #R4C

The Problem

Slavery is not just happening overseas. Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Molloy once called Florida’s tomato fields “ground zero” for modern-day slavery in the United States. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in U.S. tomato fields.

The Solution

Recipe for Change–a campaign led by International Justice Mission in partnership with the Fair Food Standards Council and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers–is targeting three major supermarket chains this summer (Ahold, Publix and Kroger’s), and asking its CEOs to support the Fair Food Program. Corporations that join agree to pay a small price increase for fairly harvested tomatoes (1.5 cents more per pound), and promise to shift purchases to the Florida tomato growers who abide by these higher standards–and away from those who won’t.

Major fast food companies, like McDonalds and Subway, have already endorsed the Fair Food Program, but the largest U.S. supermarket chains have yet to support this collaborative effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.

Call to Action

Supermarkets can help eliminate slavery and other serious abuses from the tomato supply chain when they join the Fair Food Program. But in order to change its policies, CEOs need pressure from consumers.

Take 30 seconds, raise your voice, and sign your name to help ensure that supermarket tomatoes are slave-free!

Send a letter

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3 Responses to Food Bloggers for Slave-Free Tomatoes

  1. Claire says:

    I love tomatoes. Full of vitamins they are good for your body, skin, eye and overall health.

  2. A wonderful cause – I have seen bloggers participating everywhere so thank you for your explanation :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. David says:

    Good post and very good cause.
    In support of this cause :)

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