You might recall a post I wrote a few weeks back regarding Food Bloggers For Slave-Free Tomatoes, a day -next Tuesday, 7/24- on which food bloggers nationwide will be donating their posts to increasing awareness of injustices in the U.S. tomato industry and creating a recipe utilizing and celebrating slave-free tomatoes. The Giving Table created this event to support the International Justice Mission's summer campaign which is focused on bringing attention to the plight of the tomato growers in Immokalee, FL, and their movement, The Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The goal of the IJM and Giving Table campaigns is to push supermarket CEOs to sign on to the Fair Food Program, guidelines that would ensure that tomato growers have rights, are treated according to human rights-based Code of Conduct (ex: no forced or child labor) and are paid a fair and living wage, none of which is happening now.
I'll post more information on Tuesday as well as my recipe using happy tomatoes and easy ways that you can act and make a difference!
In the meantime:
Where can you find slave-free tomatoes? Your local farmers markets and CSAs as well as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, the two national chains who have already signed on in support of the Fair Food Program.
How can you learn more? Visit The Giving Table to learn more about Tomato Tuesday, the Fair Food Program and food philanthropy.