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CeOtt

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    CeOtt11 months ago

    My husband has been banking old pairs of jeans, hoping that someday I'd take the time to patch them. I finally did - and we discovered that several of them are not salvageable, but hey - what a great trove of quilting material!! So, I'm going to use my commitment to make a quilt!

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    Howdy-do. We're celebrating in the Freeland Edition, Houston, Texas. WHOOP!

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    Enjoying that Tomato On Your Sandwich? Don't Forget to Thank a Farmworker via magazine.good.is

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    Enjoying that Tomato On Your Sandwich? Don't Forget to Thank a Farmworker via magazine.good.is

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    Sanjay Rawalabout 1 year ago

    Great analysis Marvin. And you're right - supporting small families is infinitely better than supporting big business when it comes to getting some guarantees of sustainability. In our film, we chose to focus on industry, however, as 98% of our fresh produce is sold out of the farmers market channel. And what we've found is that prices don't need to go up at all for corporations to ensure labor is paid better.
    The cost of doubling wages of tomato workers amounts to an extra penny per pound. The Wal-Marts of the world have sucked so much of the revenue out of the supply chain that we hold them responsible to put it back in - when it comes to workers. When workers get paid well, they can accumulate savings however meager. This cushion enables them to quit jobs where they're being abused. As it stands now, their economic desperation ties them to paychecks and forces them to endure conditions of abuse that they don't want to.
    So our thesis is that these multibillion dollar corporations whose profits run in the billions (that's $$ left over at the end of the year!) could easily pay a premium to ensure fair wages - all without raising prices.
    Now I'm just talking labor. Your points are well take, Martin. Thanks!!

    CeOttabout 1 year ago

    Hi Sanjay. Congratulations on your film! This is why that - if I need to buy something from a grocery store - I shop at Whole Foods. I know they're not perfect, but I feel like they do more to support fairness in the food chain. I try to buy as much of my produce as possible from local producers.

    When I was a kid, I walked soy bean fields and detasseled corn in rural Illinois. Did it for two very hot, wet summers and it gave me an intimate understanding of just a small part of a farm worker's life. Folks... it sucks. And that was in Illinois, not even hotter and muggier Florida!!!

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