Social Justice Labeling from Farm to Table
“Eating is an agricultural act.”
- Wendell Berry
Food Justice Certified is a label based on high-bar social justice standards for farms, processors, and retailers, including every link in the food chain from seed to table. Our approach is holistic; we ensure fair treatment of workers, fair pricing for farmers, and fair business practices. FJC is designed for all agricultural production systems, fiber and cosmetics as well as food.
The Agricultural Justice Project is proud to announce that GreenStar Natural Foods Co-op and The Piggery Butcher & Local Grocer are the first Food Justice Certified (FJC) food stores in New York State, joining West Haven Farm on this important roster.
GreenStar Natural Foods Co-op, one of NYS’s outstanding retail stores, has been a pioneer in food justice, initiating an array of programs to provide access to high quality food for low-income people and to diversify staff. Operating two stores and a warehouse/community center, GreenStar has over 200 employees. Joe Romano, Marketing Manager, says:
“GreenStar is thrilled to partner with the Agricultural Justice Program by receiving their Food Justice Certification. We are pleased not only to receive Food Justice Certification ourselves, but to promote the fair business practices it represents to our members, shoppers and to our community as a whole. Having a standard that “measures what matters” ensures that workers and producers are fairly treated. This type of certification is long overdue, and we are happy to be one of the first of what will hopefully be many businesses committed to this kind of objective evaluation, so that “Food Justice for All” becomes the standard for businesses, communities, and individuals.”
The Piggery Butcher & Local Grocer in Ithaca sells meat from its own farm’s heritage breeds of pasture raised pork as well as providing an outlet for other area livestock farms that adhere to its rigorous standards for humane treatment of the animals and sustainable growing practices. Heather Sandford, co-owner and manager explains their decision to apply for AJP certification:
“The Piggery has long been interested in supporting and recognizing the faces behind agricultural work. There have been many wonderful discussions and actions centered around the treatment of our lands and livestock, but we strongly feel that more needs to be done to honor the people behind agriculture. Food Justice Certification has been integral in helping us work toward that goal.” continue reading…
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What You Should Know About Food Justice Certified
Stakeholder Driven Labeling: Our Partners
The Food Justice Certified label and certification program were developed by the Agricultural Justice Project, a social justice standards setting initiative. The AJP is a partnership of four non-profit organizations: The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA), The Farmworker Support Committee (CATA), Florida Organic Growers (FOG), and the Northeastern Organic Farming Association (NOFA).
The label is governed by three collaborative committees made up of representatives from different food system stakeholder groups:
Founding Partners are Proud Members of the Domestic Fair Trade Association