Social Justice Labeling from Seed 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.
One of AJP’s Founders Receives Prestigious Award!
On January 24, 2014 at the 34th Annual EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, CA, Elizabeth Henderson was awarded the ”Justie” in recognition of her advocacy for Social Justice in Sustainable Agriculture. In acceptance of the award she said, “Thank you. This is a great honor. Not just for me, but for the Agricultural Justice Project team – working together since 1999 to give new energy to fairness in organic and sustainable agriculture.” To sum up her life’s work in agriculture Elizabeth said, “If we at least begin demanding that farmers, farm workers and all food workers make living wages with full benefits from a 40 hour week, we may start moving towards an agriculture that will sustain us into a future worth living. And that is what the Agricultural Justice Project is all about – a set of tools to help build value chains, changing relationships to bring alive the Principle of Fairness that is basic to organic agriculture all over the world.”
New Food Justice Certified Entities
The Agricultural Justice Project is proud to announce that Swanton Berry Farm and Pie Ranch are the first Food Justice Certified farms in California! Both farms have passed the rigorous AJP standards for respectful treatment of farm workers, living wages, safe working conditions, and commitment to continual improvement, and have earned the right to display the Food Justice Certified label.
This achievement by the Swanton Berry Farm and Pie Ranch is a milestone on the Central Coast of California, demonstrating the farming community’s commitment to improvement for standards in the industry. “This is a rigorous, nationally recognized certification that demonstrates the commitment of these farms to ethical practices in the agricultural sector,” says Agricultural Justice Project co-founder and partner Elizabeth Henderson.
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.
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