How do you ensure your food is safe?

Food-Safety-tomato2.jpgOne of our coalition partners, the United Farm Workers, is promoting an exciting new food certification process called the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI).  

Read more about the project from an email distributed by the UFW:

"Responsibly grown, farmworker assured." That's the new tagline for the Equitable Food Initiative, or EFI, a new food label certification. But these days, there are lots of labels on the market, how do you know what's what?

In the case of food, the answer is easy. Ask the workers. They are on the front line. They handle your food. They see what goes on in the fields where your food is grown.

As one of the co-founders of the EFI, here's what the UFW has done. In partnership with the leading food safety and environmental stewardship organizations in the US, we developed a standard for farms that ensures workers a safer, more dignified place of employment. But we didn't stop there. The EFI also requires that both workers and managers are trained around the EFI standard and how to work together to bring the farm into compliance. Once a farm fulfills the requirements, they're allowed to use the EFI label.

But the work doesn't stop there. Workers and management continue to collaborate to ensure ongoing compliance. A new system will allow workers and managers to communicate with the EFI, anonymously if needed, to report any serious violations.

Want to learn more? Click here to check out a one minute video and take the pledge.

Worker knowledge and empowerment. These have been the bedrock values of the farmworker movement. We're now bringing them to bear in a new way. Responsibly grown, farmworker assured. Sign the pledge today.


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