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Thursday Sep 10

6:30 p.m.

Panel: The Fruits of Their Labor

The Fruits of Their Labor - A panel about farmworkers and how your choices can support a just food system

Truly sustainable food is not only healthy, humane, and environmentally sound, it's socially just. In honor of Labor Day, CUESA is sponsoring a panel to highlight the workers who feed us. Four labor experts will tell success stories of advancing working conditions in the fields and discuss how concerned eaters can stand up for fair food. They'll also address questions such as: Who are our farm laborers, and what are their lives like? What can farm owners do to keep their workers safe and happy, without breaking the bank? The panel will be followed by a short reception with farmers’ market snacks. The event is free (donations gladly accepted) and open to the public.

Panelists:

Sandy Brown, co-owner of Swanton Berry Farm (the first organic farm to have a contract with the United Farm Workers) and UC Berkeley doctoral candidate researching the role of Fair Trade certification and labeling on agricultural labor practices

Alida Cantor of California Institute for Rural Studies, a nonprofit research organization focused on issues such as farm labor conditions, sustainable food systems, and rural health

Alegria De La Cruz, staff attorney for Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment, former directing attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance's Migrant Farmworker Project in Fresno, and daughter of farmworker union organizers

Maisie Greenawalt of Bon Appétit Management Company, which recently signed a ground-breaking tomato purchasing agreement with the Coalition of Imokalee Workers establishing labor requirements including fair wage, worker safety and worker empowerment stipulations.

Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, second floor of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero (at Market Street) in San Francisco.

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