Fair Food Webinar - Sustainable Food Trade Association

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Fair Food Webinar - Sustainable Food Trade Association

Fair Food Webinar3/8/11Coordinated by Ron StrochlicHosted by the Food TradeSustainability Leadership Assoc.

AgendaVideo available at http://www.fairfoodproject.orgRon Strochlic, Sustainable Food Systems Consultant,rstrochlic@gmail.comRick Nahmias, Project Creative DirectorGerardo Reyes Chavez, CIW:http://ciw-online.org/dotherightthingTim Schultz, Lundberg Family Farmshttp://www.lundberg.comRichard Mandelbaum, CATA, DFTA/AJP (slides includedhere) http://www.cata-farmworkers.org/Maisie Greenawalt, Bon Appetit Management Companyhttp://www.bamco.com

The Agricultural Justice Project

What is Domestic Fair Trade?• Preserving dignity foragricultural and food systemjobs• Building community bypromoting respect for every linkin the chain of production• Paying fair prices and wagesthat account for costs ofproduction and quality of life• Visibility and transparency:raising the level of consumerawareness

Domestic Fair TradeAssociationUnited for Health, Justice and Sustainability

Mission: Promote andprotect the integrity ofDomestic Fair TradePrinciples througheducation, marketing,advocacy andendorsements.

DFTA Activities and Purpose• BUILDING COMMUNITY: Bringing together organizations andbusinesses in annual meetings• Membership reflecting five key stakeholder groups: farmers andfarmer groups, farmworkers and their organizations, marketers/processors/manufacturers, retailers, and NGO/civil society• DEFENDING THE PRINCIPLES: Promoting cooperation and agreementon key principles amongst members• Members undergo peer review to support and ensure adherence toprinciples• CONSUMER EDUCATION: Development of criteria to evaluate andpublish endorsements of fair trade labels that meet the DFTA principles• Facilitation of a dialogue between different fair trade labels toencourage cooperation

Join us at the 2011 DFTA Annual MeetingDecember 7-9 thSan Diego, CA

Components of a Fair Market Claim with Integrity• Standards with high bar andcontinual improvement• Verification System• Scope• Labeling• Governance/Oversight Stakeholder Participation Transparency

The Agricultural Justice Project (AJP)works towards social justice across theentire North American food system.Rewarding honest and open relationshipswith those in the fields to those stockinggrocery shelves… for all who labor in thefood system.

How?By developing a label for foodsthat come from farms and businesswith excellent labor, trade, andenvironmental stewardship practices.

AJP Standards (The Promise)• Farmers & all food system workers' rights to freedom ofassociation• Fair wages and benefits for workers• Fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers• Fair pricing for farmers• Clear conflict resolution policies for farmers, workers, and buyers• The rights of indigenous peoples (under development)• Workplace health and safety and decent farmworker housing• High quality training for farm interns and apprentices• The rights and protection of children on farms• Protection of the environment (organic and sustainable farmingpractices)

The Verification System1. Third party certification done by trainedorganic certifiers2. Audit team includes workerrepresentatives from local workersorganizationsTrish Dougherty from MOSA(organic certifier) compares auditnotes with Richard Mandelbaumfrom CATA during 2009 audits

ScopeFarmworkers (all, even if just 1)Children on farmsFarm internsFarmersBuyersFood Business workersIndigenous producers andcollectors (in development)

Stakeholder Input andParticipation• Standards Development and Revisions• Policies regarding complaints, scope, verificationsystem, and governance structures approved bystakeholder Advisory Council• Worker organizations partof inspection team• Community consultationpublished by AJP forapplicantsManuel Guzman from Farmworker SupportCommittee (CATA) interviewing a farmworkerat Keewaydin Farm.

Farmer Direct Co-operative first to receive Food JusticeCertification (non-pilot) in 2010 from Quality Certification Services(QCS).

Agricultural Justice ProjectSally Leeagjusticeproject@gmail.comwww.agriculturaljusticeproject.orgDomestic Fair Trade AssociationKerstin Lindgrenkerstin@thedfta.orgwww.thedfta.orgRichard MandelbaumCATA – Comite de Apoyo a los TrabajadoresAgricolasrichard@cata-farmworkers.orgwww.cata-farmworkers.org

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