Brie Mazurek‘s recent post at Civil Eats (reposted from the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture’s website) looks at efforts to establish a domestic fair trade certification system. It’s an interesting and informative piece, and it includes lots of links to other great resources like this article from Grist. As Mazurek details,
The Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) has developed a set of fair labor guidelines under the Food Justice Certified label, which was born out of dissatisfaction with the US National Organic Program’s failure to address workers’ dignity and rights. While more than 70 Canadian farms are Food Justice Certified, only eight in the United States have received certification. There is now a burgeoning effort to bring the label to California, with Santa Cruz County-based strawberry grower Swanton Berry Farm among those leading the way.
For more on the Food Justice Certified program and efforts to get it established in California, check out the full article.