Retail Food Companies Sign On To "The Campaign for Fair Food" To Help Increase Farm Wages

An Article on Companies Willing to Pay More for Tomatoes to Help Workers is Featured in the June Issue of Food Nutrition & Science. Also in this Issue: L.A.'s Ban on Plastic Bags, an Interview with Cookbook Author Betty Rosbottom, and more.

25 Jun, 2012, 10:00 ET from Food Nutrition & Science

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten retail food giants including McDonalds, Subway, Burger King, Sodexo, Aramark, Compass Group, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's have signed agreements to participate in "The Campaign for Fair Food" to help increase wages and working conditions for farm workers.

The Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) wants retailers to pay one more penny per pound of tomatoes, which can help to improve the livelihood of their nearly 5,000 members who work for large agricultural corporations in the tomato and citrus industries.

"Large retailers buy millions of pounds of tomatoes annually and are able to leverage their buying power which puts suppliers with increasing costs, in a financial squeeze," says Phil Lempert, founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report and "I applaud these retailers who are concerned about the human condition and are willing to help."

Also in this month's issue an article on why Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets and an interview with Scott Williams, manager of Product Development and Quality Assurance for BJ's Wholesale Club about the company's sustainability efforts.

Among other informative articles, this month also includes an interview with Betty Rosbottom whose recently published book Sunday Brunch – is the third in her Sunday cookbook series.

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