Meanwhile, back at the Campaign for Fair Food…

Two of Holland’s leading musicians drop by supermarket industry giant Ahold (headquartered in Amsterdam) to deliver the Alliance for Fair Food letter!

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and Dutch-American violinist Monica Germino paid a surprise visit to the Amsterdam corporate headquarters of retail food giant Ahold last week. Ahold is the parent company of five major grocery chains in the US (including Stop and Shop and Giant) and six more in Europe. They dropped off a copy of the Alliance for Fair Food letter and a packet of background information on the Campaign for Fair Food. The letter reads, in part:

“It is vitally important that your company take an active role in advancing human rights and fair wages for farmworkers given that your company’s low-cost, high-volume tomato purchasing practices help to create conditions in the fields where poverty wages and other human rights abuses flourish.” read more

The visit to Ahold was the first celebrity letter drop of the campaign, and a bold step forward on the European front! For a better idea of the “radically alternative musical aesthetic” with which both Mr. Andriessen and Ms. Germino are associated, take a moment to watch this short video.