This week on Sprouts, we look at the groundbreaking changes brought by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to labor conditions and pay for farm workers picking the nations winter tomato crop in Florida. In January, Walmart became the 12th retailer to sign onto the Fair Food Program, requiring retailers to buy only from growers obligated to observe a specific set of labor standards, and to pay a penny per pound premium. In a series of national actions in March, the CIW, and allies, will pressure Wendy’s and grocery store chain Publix to follow suit. We speak with Silvia Perez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Gerardo Reyes Chavez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Jake Ratner, with Just Harvest USA, translates.
Produced at WERU FM, in Blue Hill, Maine, by Meredith DeFrancesco.