Family farmers worldwide are finding an eager market for their fair trade products. Now we must also recognize good labor practices on US farms. Food Justice Certified standards address fair pricing for farmers; fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers; workers’ and farmers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining; fair wages and benefits for workers; clear conflict-resolution policies; workplace health and safety; farmworker housing; interns and apprenticeships; and children on farms. The Agricultural Justice Project trains organic certifiers and local worker representatives to carry out Food Justice Certification inspections (Pie Ranch will soon be certified!). This is a much-needed concept whose time has come!
Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project and Peacework Farm, Newark, NY;
Nancy Vail, Pie Ranch, Pescadero, CA.