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Sanjay Rawal

I'm a documentary filmmaker currently directing a film on farm labor.

I am good at listening, digging deep and finding joy in small things.

Location
New York City, New York
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Website
www.foodchainsfilm.com

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  • Sanjay Rawal replied to a comment by Sanjay Rawal

    Not All Donations Are Created Equal: America's 50 Worst Charities via tampabay.com

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    Sanjay Rawal11 months ago

    This is a very very misleading article. It just references the CASH donations groups give. project cure, for example, raised $50 million and paid half to fundraisers and gave zero dollars in aid. Well, that's not their mission. They use that money to collect unused medical goods and spend more money to ship the goods globally. For every $25000 they spend they donate the equivalent of $500k in new medical goods. So really the $50 million they raise effectively becomes $1 billion in equipment. If you balance $20million in fees it's hardly scandalous. This is an incredibly misleading article. I don't know the other 49 groups referenced but suffice to say there are probably a few more good ones in there. Very shoddy reporting.

    Sanjay Rawal11 months ago

    I have worked with Project Cure (not for them, with them) in the Congo. We've been able to ship nearly $10 million dollars worth of medical equipment there and have only had to pay about 5% of that total cost because Project Cure gets the equipment and supplies donated. We just pay shipping. Furthermore, that life-saving medical equipment costs $10 million in the US, but about twice that amount (or more) in Africa. Project Cure has helped to revitalize the healthcare infrastructure and that work cannot be ignored. Plus, they're so well reputed that they regularly partner with USAID.

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    Nisha Vida11 months ago

    The dinner is tomorrow evening. Here is the menu:

    http://summerinterns.eventbrite.com/

    Eggs come from local, urban LA farms, honey & vast majority of produce from the school farm itself. The school farm (Muir Ranch) has its own CSA program and pays students wages for their work after school and during the summer. I'm not sure where the wheat is from but the chefs donating their chefery to our dinner are most likely using properly sourced ingredients...

    If you are in the LA area, you should come to our next dinner. :)

    Sanjay Rawal11 months ago

    This looks so awesome! I wish I could've joined!

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    Sanjay Rawal11 months ago

    This is a very very misleading article. It just references the CASH donations groups give. project cure, for example, raised $50 million and paid half to fundraisers and gave zero dollars in aid. Well, that's not their mission. They use that money to collect unused medical goods and spend more money to ship the goods globally. For every $25000 they spend they donate the equivalent of $500k in new medical goods. So really the $50 million they raise effectively becomes $1 billion in equipment. If you balance $20million in fees it's hardly scandalous. This is an incredibly misleading article. I don't know the other 49 groups referenced but suffice to say there are probably a few more good ones in there. Very shoddy reporting.

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    Nisha Vida12 months ago

    Will be hosting a farm-to-table dinner at Muir Ranch at John Muir High School in Pasadena on June 2. We will harvest veggies grown by the students (many of them are paid for their labor), and use veggies grown at family farms local to the LA area. Students will help cook a meal catered by Large Marge Sustainables. We will feed about 150 people. I try to cook fair trade at home, grow many of my own veggies, and try to get locally grown/backyard farmer food. I'll complete this 'do' after our dinner. :)

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    Photos: What it Looks Like When Exxon Spills 80,000 Gallons of Oil in Your Backyard via treehugger.com

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    This Edible Office Grows its Own Lunch via magazine.good.is

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  • Sanjay Rawal replied to a comment by Bradley Urso

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

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    Bradley Ursoabout 1 year ago

    This is an awesome topic that needs to be addressed, thank you Sanjay. I grew up in the Central Valley of California and there are towns in which there is 100% employment yet everyone lives bellow the poverty line. I think that's rotten and it makes me happy to see a filmmaker addressing farm worker's rights.

    Sanjay Rawalabout 1 year ago

    Thanks for the encouragement Bradley. My dad worked in agriculture thru the Central Valley, specifically with farms off Highway 99. It's incredible how poor those areas are. Fresno County is the richest ag county in the state (when including meat and dairy), but is also the poorest county in the state. It has $6 billion in annual revenue - but it's inhabitants are amongst the poorest. Crazy!

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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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    gypsychantabout 1 year ago

    Keep the pressure on Publix and it will only spread the good once they see we mean business with our $.

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  • Sanjay Rawal replied to a comment by Nisha Vida

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    Nisha Vidaabout 1 year ago

    What does this entail? Eating food I have grown? Supporting local farmers? Ensuring that there are fair trade labels on items I purchase?

    Other thoughts here?

    Sanjay Rawalabout 1 year ago

    So the difficult thing is that while there is a Fair Trade USA label - it's in its infancy and most veggies and fruits aren't certified. There really is no domestic fair labor certification in action - except if you're buying tomatoes in the winter (they'll be from Florida). So the question really is: how can I determine whether the people who picked my food were treated well?

    Since there is no real labeling process, we have to become citizen-investigators. It's easy to investigate when you ask farmers directly - like at farmer's markets. And if you're satisfied that they pay they workers well, allow complaints, and have proper pesticide safety programs (easier if they're organic), then buy from them.

    Ultimately, growing your own food is the simplest way to ensure fair labor but most people don't have that luxury, at least not year-round.

    You can also ask your grocery store how they can guarantee that the produce they stock was picked by labor treated fairly. They won't be able to (except for Florida tomatoes at Whole Foods and Trader Joes). But asking the question will make this To-Do much easier in the years to come.

    Thanks Nisha!

    Anyone else have thoughts?

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