Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Not MY Tomatoes!!!

Ahhh....I LOVE tomatoes.  I remember eating great gobs of fresh, warm-from-the-sun tomatoes when I was little.  And trying to find just the right way to bite into a cherry tomato without all of the seeds splurting down my chin.

If we're lucky, our currently spindly tomato plants will rally to give us our own yummy harvest this year.  Fingers crossed. ;)

In the meantime, the grocery store fills in the gaps for these yummy recipes.

Corn and Black Bean Salsa with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

BUT, ugh, a few weeks ago I started reading about my tomatoes and it wasn't good news.  There is some not good stuff happening in the Florida tomato fields--a place where most of our winter grocery store tomatoes come from.  Some call it "ground zero for modern day slavery in America (taken from Tomatoland)."  Florida officials have freed more than 1,000 (1,000!) men, women and children who were being forced to work against their will.  I had no idea.  No idea.

There is good news though.  Over the past several years a great number of chain restaurants have committed to only purchasing tomatoes that are a part of the Fair Food Program.  Now there is a movement to get grocery stores to join the fight against unfair labor practices in the tomato fields. 

And, hey, you can join, too! :)  One of the easiest ways?  Sign this super quick petition.

Then, if you're feeling brave, dig a little deeper into the issue.  International Justice Mission has put together some great resources.  You can find them HERE.

Here's to healthy and fair tomatoes! :)

Oh, also, if you have Netflix, watch The Harvest to get a glimpse of what life is like for some of the people who harvest the food we love to eat.

1 comment: