More than 20 million people are employed in the American food system, and 86% of them earn low to poverty wages; most of these workers are people of color, and many are immigrants. Human rights questions within the food chain are connected to “earth rights” questions: heavy reliance by corporate farms on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and intensive water use are poisoning our environment.
UUCSJ and the Food Chain Workers’ Alliance have teamed up to develop a training program that unites our concern for the environment with our concern for worker justice. Justice in the Food Chain will bring together equal numbers of food chain workers with activist allies who care about sourcing our food in a way that is both environmentally conscious and fair to workers.
A limited number of training slots are available. Because the Food Chain Workers’ Alliance will be organizing fair food campaigns in Chicago and Cincinnati in 2015-16, we are primarily seeking participants who live in these metropolitan areas. The Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA), comprised of 23 worker justice centers around the country, is leading this campaign; the UU College of Social Justice has joined them to spread the word and mobilize UUs to put our values into action.
More information and registration available at: http://uucsj.org/journeys/justicefoodchain/
For more information about the Food Chain Workers’ Alliance: http://foodchainworkers.org/