Tag: Mexican tomato industry

Univision: “In Mexico’s fields, farmworkers live as if they were slaves every day”…

Univision: “In Mexico’s fields, farmworkers live as if they were slaves every day”…

[caption id="attachment_27324" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In a still from the Spanish-language network Univision's recent report, children pick chili peppers in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The title reads "Modern Slavery".[/caption] Human rights report: "In addition there is organized crime.  In the last decade, more than 200 farmworkers have disappeared in this country without a trace." What does Wendy's have to say >> Read More

Now we know: Explosive new article in Harper’s Magazine reveals Wendy’s tomato supplier in Mexico…

... And the supplier's history is not pretty: Bioparques was the subject of a massive slavery prosecution in 2013.Harper's Magazine released an explosive new article this week in its online pages that did some digging into Wendy's tomato supply chain in Mexico, and what Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Washington Editor, found out was in fact quite disturbing.  [Unless you haven't visited this site in a >> Read More
Running from Responsibility: Wendy’s flees Florida rather than support Fair Food Program’s human rights advances…

Running from Responsibility: Wendy’s flees Florida rather than support Fair Food Program’s human rights advances…

 While Fair Food Program farms in Florida continue to raise the bar for human rights in the US agricultural industry, outrageous human rights violations on farms outside the Program continue to fester.Why then has Wendy's abandoned the Florida tomato industry altogether?  And where are they buying their tomatoes today?Last month, when consumers across the country called on Wendy's to show farmworkers >> Read More

ANALYSIS: The Fresh Market agreement, the LA Times series, and the preferential option for Fair Food…

[hupso title="ANALYSIS: @TheFreshMarket agreement, @LATimes series and the option for #FairFood" url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/01/fresh-market-analysis/"] [caption id="attachment_21003" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In the wake of the blockbuster LA Times series exposing brutal, humiliating labor conditions in Mexico's produce fields, US consumers -- and the major retail food companies that buy and sell tens of millions of pounds of tomatoes every year -- have an increasingly >> Read More
Part Three:  A 21st century Christmas Carol for the food industry?…

Part Three: A 21st century Christmas Carol for the food industry?…

[hupso title="PART 3: A 21st century #Christmas Carol for the food industry?" url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/01/21st-cent-christmas-carol-3/"] Business as usual is no longer an option for the US food industry in the face of outrageous human rights violations in Mexico’s produce industry; Food industry leaders must leverage their unequaled purchasing power -- reward ethical producers, reject those unwilling to implement real reforms -- to raise the bar for >> Read More

Part Two: A 21st century Christmas Carol for the food industry?…

[hupso title="Part 2: 21st century #Christmas Carol for the food industry?" url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/12/21st-cent-christmas-carol-2/"] [caption id="attachment_19769" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Nely Rodriguez, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, protests outside a Kroger shareholder meeting in Ohio earlier this year calling on the supermarket giant to join the CIW's Fair Food Program. Despite the unconscionable labor conditions in Mexico's fields exposed in this month's >> Read More
Newsweek: “The Fair Food Program Should Be Extended to Mexico”…

Newsweek: “The Fair Food Program Should Be Extended to Mexico”…

[hupso title=".@Newsweek: The @FairFoodProgram should be extended to Mexico..." url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/12/newsweek-ffp/"] This month's LA Times investigative series, "Product of Mexico: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables,"  sent shockwaves through the food industry with its explosive, multi-media documentation of appalling abuses on Mexican produce farms ranging from widespread child labor to modern-day slavery.  Given the key role Mexican produce exports have come to play >> Read More

A 21st century Christmas Carol for the food industry?… Part One

[hupso title="21st Century #Christmas Carol for the food industry, Part 1..." url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/12/21st-cent-christmas-carol-1/"][caption id="attachment_20855" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Workers in Mexico's tomato fields wait to dump harvest buckets. Photo by the Los Angeles Times.[/caption]The LA Times grabs the food industry by the hand and drags it on a nightmare tour through the inhumanity of Mexico's vegetable fields... How will this modern-day Christmas Carol end?  Will the industry respond with a >> Read More

“I work because… we need money to eat things”…

[hupso title="I work because we need money to eat things... Part 3 of @LATimes' breaking investigative report of #Mexican tomato industry" url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/12/la-times-3/"] LA Times series continues with a focus on child labor, company stores in Mexican produce industry... The portrait of an industry out of control continued to be filled out this past weekend with the final two installments in >> Read More

“They treated us like slaves”…

[hupso title="They treated us like slaves... 2nd installment of @latimes investigative report on devastating conditions in #Mexican tomato industry " url="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/12/latimes-2/"] [caption id="attachment_20818" align="aligncenter" width="588"] Two dozen of those freed in the government raid at Bioparques 4 were children. Many were malnourished, and the camp lacked a school, according to the Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare, state of Jalisco, Mexico. >> Read More