Florida's tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes but have also been called America's 'ground zero for slavery.' Countless workers are held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay.
Right now is the worst part of Florida's tomato picking season - the days are hot and there is tremendous pressure on growers to turn a profit, making conditions ripe for worker exploitation.
Thankfully, a new solution called the Fair Food Program enforces a policy of zero tolerance for slavery on tomato farms.
But a major U.S. supermarket chain, Publix Super Markets, refuses to support the Fair Food Program. Publix continues to buy tomatoes from growers whose workers still toil beyond the reach of the Fair Food Program's proven protection from modern slavery.
Tell Publix to make the right decision to join the Fair Food Program and fight modern slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
Dear William Crenshaw, CEO Publix Super Markets Inc.,
I was disappointed to learn that Publix Super Markets has refused to join the Fair Food Program. By continuing to do business with tomato farms that do not enforce the Program's principles, you could be supporting slavery.
Will Publix Super Markets, which prides itself on making Fortune's 'Best Companies to Work For' list, continue to turn a blind eye and give excuses, or will you leverage your vast market influence and lead the way in cleaning up slavery in the tomato supply chain once and for all?
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Please take the first steps to ensure your products are free of slave labor by signing the Fair Food Agreement.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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