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Expanding the Fair Food Program: November 2014 – December 2015

What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

After a year packed with such spectacular highlights, 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the Fair Food movement…It’s that time of year again, when we take a moment to look back on the events of the past year — on the remarkable progress we have all made together in just twelve short months — and to reflect on what new advances, and challenges, the year ahead might hold for the Fair Food movement.2015 was a banner year in the fight for Fair Food, so much so that choosing which stories to highlight was no easy task!  The year wasn’t a week old […]

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Standards without enforcement are nothing more than empty promises to workers, consumers alike…

In social change, as in sports, it’s not what you say you’re going to do that counts, it’s how well you actually do it…Please indulge us, for a moment, in an extended analogy.   Every four years countries around the globe send their best athletes to compete in the summer Olympic games.  And every four years, for two brief weeks the term “degree of difficulty” makes its way back into our collective consciousness, as divers and gymnasts compete to see who can pull off the most challenging routine and take home the gold.  The Collins English Dictionary defines “degree of difficulty” […]

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Modern Farmer article traces history of Fair Food movement…

Modern Farmer magazine: Fair Food Program uses “smart logic” by creating “an incentive to [do the right thing], and a consequence if you don’t…”This month, an excellent article by James Beard Award-winning author Tracie McMillan (“The American Way of Eating”) was published in the well-circulated American quarterly magazine, Modern Farmer.  Titled “Labor Gains,” the article traces the twenty-year arc of the Fair Food movement and the bright future that lies ahead.The piece starts off in the 1990s, when Immokalee was “a kind of wild place,” in the words of CIW member Julia de la Cruz.  McMillan lays out the generations-old conditions that still persisted at that time in the […]

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The Fair Food label is in the produce aisle — and on the air — in stores now!

As fresh Florida tomatoes arrive on the shelves, a beautiful new Fair Food poster hits the aisles — and in-store radio spots air — in Giant, Stop & Shop!The Fair Food Program is ready for its close-up.  Let the mainstream marketing of Fair Food begin!As the Fair Food Program enters its fifth year in the fields, it does so with a solid track record under its belt of eliminating human rights abuses and raising wages for tens of thousands of farmworkers.  The unique power of the program to change farmworkers’ lives is now beyond dispute, and starting this month, that power is on display before […]

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Building a future without violence in the fields…

CIW, Fair Food Program partners develop unprecedented sexual violence prevention curriculum…In U.S. agriculture, the epidemic of sexual harassment and gender-based violence is well-documented.  In 2012, a study by Human Rights Watch, entitled “Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment,” surveyed farmworker women and found that a staggering 80% of those interviewed reported having faced sexual harassment on the job.  In 2013, the award-winning PBS documentary series Frontline released a hard-hitting documentary, entitled “Rape in the Fields,” following a year-long study of sexual violence against female farmworkers from California to Florida.  And just this past September, the EEOC announced a […]

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Must-listen radio: New story on Fair Food Program’s entry into strawberry industry takes you into the fields as history is made…

The Fair Food Program breaks new ground in Florida’s troubled strawberry industry and the Center for Investigative Reporting is there to cover the exciting new story!…  The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has a mission: to “engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.”  Toward that end, CIR produces an award-winning radio show and podcast by the name of “Reveal,” that is distributed nationally and that does the kind of long-form radio reporting that takes the listener deep into an issue in a way only radio can.Fortunately for […]

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Media round-up! The Nation, Civil Eats turn spotlight on Fair Food…

The Nation: “If the Coalition’s track record is any indication, Peltz had better get to the negotiating table…”If the first month of the 2015-16 agricultural season was any indication, the Fair Food Program is in for a big year ahead.  From the recognition of the Fair Food Standards Council’s Executive Director, Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, with the prestigious Purpose Prize, to the high praise garnered by the FFP at the United Nations in Geneva, to an abundance of colorful, lively protests from New York to Miami, November was a month to remember in the movement for Fair Food.  As a reflection of that momentum, it’s time again for […]

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Nov. 21 Uniting for Fair Food Day of Action sweeps across Florida!

From Georgia border to Southern beaches, Florida’s consumers, farmworkers unite to demand justice from Publix, Wendy’s… Back in November, we laid out the Fair Food Nation’s big plans for the November 21st Uniting for Fair Food Day of Action.  CIW members and consumer allies promised to kick off the holiday season with one, clearcut demand:  justice — not charity — for farmworkers from the major food retailers still refusing to make a tangible commitment to farmworkers’ human rights.And boy, did the Fair Food Nation deliver on that promise!From Jacksonville all the way down to Miami, conscientious consumers took to the streets — rain or shine — alongside farmworkers to […]

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Fair Food Program takes United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva by storm…

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of Business and Human Rights Resource Center: CIW’s Fair Food Program “a powerful example of the Protect, Respect, and Remedy pillars (of the UN General Principles)”…In a remarkable panel convened in partnership between the United Nation’s Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, the CIW’s Fair Food Program took center stage at the United Nations in Geneva last week, and its enforcement-focused, worker-driven model was the talk of the three-day forum. Praised variously as “inspiring”, “impressive”, and “powerful”, the Fair Food Program was lifted up by the panel organizers as a […]

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Remarks: Greg Asbed, United Nations Business and Human Rights Annual Forum, 2015

Thank you, Phil, and thank you, Dante, for putting together this great panel and for the opportunity to discuss the Fair Food Program — and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility model of which it is a leading example – here at the Annual Forum.I know we have very strict time limits, so I will cut to the chase. In the US real estate market, there is a saying that the value of any property is determined by 3 simple things: Location, location, and location.I would propose a similar rule for the field of social responsibility, except when it comes to protecting […]

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