Eat With Your Head


A chance for a living wage for tomato pickers
September 5, 2008, 9:51 am
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In a victory for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Whole Foods is set to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes to improve steadily declining wages for tomato farmworkers in Florida. As Grist says:

After years of intense pressure involving consumer boycotts and considerable legal backlash on the part of industry, several industrial-food giants have agreed to the raise in recent years: Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and most reluctantly, Burger King. (As Eric Schlosser showed last year, by pinching a penny per pound of tomatoes, BK was saving itself $250,000 a year — a rounding error in terms of annual profits and a fraction of annual executive pay.)

I’ve been reading about this issue for a while…Clearly CIW knows how to campaign. Otherwise, why do tomato pickers get so much more attention from corporations and the media than any number of farmworkers?

This story not only offers some good news but shows the direct impact good advocates can have.

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