Are Slaves Picking Tomatoes for You?

tomatoesWas that tomato on your plate harvested by a slave?

If you bought it at the grocery store this week then the answer is most likely… YES.

Turns out that Florida supplies ninety percent of all off-season, fresh tomatoes for the entire United States, and Florida’s tomato fields have been called “ground zero” for modern day slavery in the U.S.

In the past 15 years some work has been done and over 1,200 people have been freed from slavery in U.S. tomato fields.  But there is more we can do to make sure slavery ends once and for all.

There’s already a solution in place to stop this abuse: Supermarkets can join the Fair Food Program — just like major fast food service companies like McDonald’s and Subway have done — to guarantee a transparent and abuse-free tomato supply chain.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Click HERE and “sign” the Recipe for Change

International Justice Mission is collecting signatures for letters to the CEOs of major supermarket chains Publix, Ahold (owners of Stop & Shop, Giant and Martin’s) and Kroger to endorse the Fair Food Program, ensuring the tomatoes you buy are slave-free.  10,000 have already signed so why not add your voice and tell our grocery stores we would like to buy slave-free tomatoes?

Download and Share

Download their letter and signature page and collect signatures to bring to your local grocery store manager so they can tell their corporate headquarters that your community wants them to join the Fair Food Program.

Read and Learn

You can also learn something new about the tomato industry and the people who are exploited in it by checking out these sources.

tomatolandThe book — Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

A link from IJM — Recipe for Change Resources

SHARE THIS BLOG

“Share” this blog entry on your social media page to spread the word and collect more online signatures for IJM’s Recipe for Change campaign.

This everyday gal just shared this at her local church and got an overwhelming show of support and a good number of signatures for the letter.  It’s easy and makes a difference, so why not give it a try yourself right now?

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About nicole5181

I'm thirty (yes I admit it). I'm a single mom working in retail and wanting to find my role in the fight to end modern-day slavery. I'm hopeful that I will.
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1 Response to Are Slaves Picking Tomatoes for You?

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