Over the last few months, following the farmers on Rhizosphere Farm I’ve developed a new appreciation for the work that goes into bringing food from the field to the table. It is hard work. Getting to know Matt, Terra and Max has given a face to our food and what it means to support local growers and those that work so hard to bring us our food.
I realize this is not the case for everyone. We all do the best that we can with the resources available to us and the budget that we live within. Whether it means buying our produce at the supermarket or from a local farmer. To be honest, it’s only been a few years since my own family really starting thinking about what we ate and where it came from.
About a month ago, I was invited by The Giving Table to join the International Justice Mission’s Summer campaign called, A Recipe for Change. They are working to bring to light the harsh working conditions in our own country’s tomato fields. Today, participating food bloggers will be sharing a recipe that includes slave-free tomatoes to raise awareness on this issue.
A little more in IJM’s own words…
Slavery is not just happening overseas. Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Molloy once called Florida’s tomato fields “ground zero” for modern-day slavery in the United States. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in U.S. tomato fields.
Recipe for Change–a campaign led by International Justice Mission in partnership with the Fair Food Standards Council and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers–is targeting three major supermarket chains this summer (Ahold, Publix and Kroger’s), and asking its CEOs to support the Fair Food Program. Corporations that join agree to pay a small price increase for fairly harvested tomatoes (1.5 cents more per pound), and promise to shift purchases to the Florida tomato growers who abide by these higher standards–and away from those who won’t.
Major fast food companies, like McDonalds and Subway, have already endorsed the Fair Food Program, but the largest U.S. supermarket chains have yet to support this collaborative effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.
Call to Action
Supermarkets can help eliminate slavery and other serious abuses from the tomato supply chain when they join the Fair Food Program. But in order to change its policies, CEOs need pressure from consumers.
Take 30 seconds, raise your voice, and sign your name to help ensure that supermarket tomatoes are slave-free! Link here.
And on to the recipe…
- 2 cups fresh corn
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 2 sprigs basil, julienned
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a large bowl combine corn, tomatoes and green onions. In a mason jar pour extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar. Shake well. Pour over corn, tomatoes and green onions. Gently fold in basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Click here for a list of more food bloggers spreading the word on this ‘Tomato Tuesday’.