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 farm 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.

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News and Updates:

Whole Foods Market presents 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to the Agricultural Justice Project (GAINESVILLE, Fla. – April 27, 2015) – Whole Foods Market has awarded  their 2014 Supplier of the Year Award in the area of Responsible Sourcing to the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) and Farmer Direct Cooperative (FDC). AJP was given the award for developing and maintaining their Food Justice Certification program, which many consider the gold standard in social justice certification. Read more…

AJP’s Standards Revision Process Begins this Year!

The Food Justice Certified standards are revised every 5 years. The process will include two periods for public comment. We would love to have many comments from stakeholders in the food system! Please visit our Standards Revision page for more information. Our timeline is posted below:

Public Summary_TImeline 

AJP’s Annual Activities
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Here is the result of Consumer Reports’ recent survey on how food is produced. The great news, “most are even willing to pay more for food to ensure that it was produced in fair working conditions”.


Marty Mesh

AJP founder Marty Mesh received the Organic Leadership award from the Organic Trade Association for Growing the Organic Industry!  Congratulations Marty! Read more about Marty’s award or watch his acceptance speech.


Hungry for Justice: Spotlight on the South
Brought to you by Little Bean Productions in partnership with Florida Organic Growers and your Agricultural Justice Project.  Watch our short film.

Click here for Spanish subtitled version of the film.

Click here for Spanish voice over of the film

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Food Justice – What it Means and Why We Need it in Western New York!
… “nationally 48.9 million people live in households that are food insecure… In Central/Western NY, where we have rich soils and many extremely productive farms as well as gardens, there is no shortage of food.  Hunger comes from poverty.”  -Read more

AJP Publishes Updated Policy Manual:

We have made changes to our policies on labeling, requirements for certifiers and others. Click here to download our new Policy Manual.

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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