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Fair Trade offers people a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping. For farmers and workers in developing countries, Fair Trade offers better prices, improved terms of trade, and the business skills necessary to produce high-quality products that are competitive in the global marketplace. Fair Trade benefits more than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) brings together workers, growers and retailers in an effort to produce better fruits and vegetables. As produce farms comply with the EFI Standard—for improved working conditions, pesticide management, and food safety—the entire food system sees benefits, all the way from farm workers to consumers.

The heart of the program is training a core leadership team of workers and managers. EFI involves farmworkers in the design and implementation of safety protocols, and trains them to work with management to reduce pesticide and pathogen risks. In addition, EFI ensures decent treatment of workers through rigorous standards.

The program presents an opportunity for the produce industry to assure consumers that their fruit and vegetables have been grown in ways that respect workers and reduce potential for transmission of food-borne illness. EFI certification means that farmworkers have been trained to identify and isolate threats to food safety; and indicates that they have access to hygienic facilities and the equipment required to minimize food safety risks.
Foods that are certified organic are produced according to the federal standards set by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). Organic standards promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles and soil fertility, and restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony. The purpose of organic inspections is to confirm that NOP standards and regulations are adhered to, both before and after certification. Inspectors, in this case CCOF, review applications, called Organic System Plans (OSP), to ensure that they match what is actually happening in practice.
C-TPAT is the “Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism” program. C-TPAT seeks to safeguard international trade from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors in the process. The partnership develops and adopts measures that add security to the supply chain.
“Distintivo Empresa Agrícola Libre de Trabajo Infantil (DEALTI)” is recognition by the Mexican federal government for farms that have eradicated child labor, and shown compliance with all federal and state labor laws. Farms must follow strict guidelines that foster and promote the well-being of workers, their children and the communities in which they operate. Each year the Mexican Federal Labor Department conducts audits of participating farms, and issues this award to those who are qualified.
“Educacion Basica para Niñas y Niños Migrantes” is a basic education program for children of migrant farm workers, offered by the Mexican Department of Education. This successful program creates an opportunity for children to enjoy a quality learning experience, and has a focus on intercultural needs.
“Liderazgo Ambiental para la Competitividad” is a partnership between the Agriculture Industry and the Mexican Secretary of Environmental Protection, which seeks to increase productivity from socially responsible farms.
“Instituto Estatal de Educación para los Adultos (IEEA)” is a Mexican state institute for adult education. We have participated in the IEEA program since 2005, offering educational opportunities to members of our team who wish to learn how to read and write. They also have the opportunity to learn history, math and other core subjects in order to earn their 6th grade certificate. Through this program, many members of our team have finished their primary education.
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked and fully recognized audit scheme covering both Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) scopes, as well as Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). The GFSI recognition of the PrimusGFS scheme helps move the produce industry one step closer to the desired goal of global food safety harmonization. The PrimusGFS scheme covers the scope of the supply chain from pre- and to post- farm gate production and provides an integrated supply chain approach.
“Secretaria de Desarrollo Social y Humano” (SEDESOL) is the Mexican Secretary of Social and Human Development Services. The main purpose of this agency is to assist in creating equal socioeconomic opportunities for all workers and underprivileged families. Farms that wish to receive grants from SEDESOL need to prove both compliance with all federal and state laws, and implementation of measures that offer workers opportunities for social development. Our farms have received funding to build daycare centers, classrooms, and housing facilities.
Certification for “Albergues Saludables”, or healthy housing, is issued by the Mexican Secretary of Health and Human Services. The objective of this program is to promote safe and healthy living conditions for farm workers. Farms that provide housing facilities for their workers are eligible to receive this award if they can prove compliance with all federal and state laws concerning health and safety.
“Empresa Segura” is an award for secure working conditions issued by the state Secretary of Labor in Mexico. The objective of this award is to promote a safe and healthy working environment. The Department of Labor assists the process by conducting a risk evaluation of the workplace, helping to increase safety awareness. Recipients of this award have proven compliance with all state and federal laws regarding work safety, and have been shown to promote educational opportunities that benefit people in their work environment, homes and communities.
“Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria” (SENASICA) is part of Mexico’s federal agricultural department. Its goal is to ensure that, during primary production and packing, product is handled in optimum food safety conditions. This is done through the application of good agricultural, hygiene and manufacturing practices.
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