January 2019 - 4

EDITOR'S LETTER
Expressing accountability
If more consumers of specialty crop
products understood how hard farm
operators strive to provide responsible
labor practices and sustainable
approaches, there would not be a reason
to hold a panel discussion on the topic at a
major agriculture labor conference.
It's a big " if, " and that's why the
discussion was had on a late November
afternoon in Las Vegas as the National
Council of Agricultural Employers hosted
such a session at its fifth annual Ag
Employer Forum.
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The panel followed a presentation by United Fresh Produce Association
President and CEO Tom Stenzel, who outlined progress being made by
the formation of the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices that
was introduced this fall by United Fresh and the Produce Marketing
Association.
As Stenzel indicated, the topic is being driven in response to social
accountability questions being raised by consumers, retailers and a
growing number of groups such as the Equitable Food Initiative, which
may or may not have the best interests of the farm community in mind
in the long run.
A primarily positive message, which is told in examples that include
such progressive companies as Sundance Farms - profiled in this
edition of Vegetable Growers News (see story, Page 6) - dot the farm
employment landscape. Problem No. 1, as emphasized by the ag labor
panel: those stories aren't being told to the audiences that matter nearly
as frequently as they should.
The panel was represented by several respected grower
representatives, including John Erb, vice president of social and
environmental impact for Driscoll's in Watsonville, California.
" More and more what we see in the social/environmental area is that
people are more interested in utilitarian and functional aspects of fruit.
What's the face behind the food? Where it's coming from becomes very
personal, especially with social media. When we're attacked, things go to
value. Brand risk is very evident to us. It became a business mandate to
provide value on the farm to the workers, while we kind of disregarded
the market-facing side of it. We have to build this whole muscle now.
We're not as good as what we thought we were. Not as many checks
were in place as we needed. "
Tracy Duda Chapman, senior vice president, chief legal and
administrative officer of A. Duda & Sons, said " those of us who do
business with big retailers are feeling that pressure. They have already
been demanding the accountability of our labor practices - social
responsibility. It's become a question of how to report and audit that.
When we started getting our labor force through H-2A, we had already
been providing medical benefits in Florida. Our employees and our
workforce are part of our family.
" We've always taken pride in that we've always been reasonable for
what we do for workforce, " Duda Chapman said. " We as a company
have very strong values. We annually report on that through a living
values report card that touches on labor, sustainability. How do we
expand that to capture better metrics and audit the entire social
accountability piece? "
Researchers at the University of
Georgia College of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences have recently
found the genetic mechanism that
controls the shape of some of our favorite
fruits, vegetables and grains.
Reps hear plea from Georgia growers for
hurricane relief aid
The Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers
Association released a statement
regarding a visit by the state's specialty
crop interests with congressional
representatives in Washington, D.C.
Florida Tomato Exchange alleges Mexican
dumping
Florida Tomato Exchange is alleging
Mexico is engaging in commodity
dumping that is hurting U.S. tomato
growers around the country.
Fast E. coli test keeps bad food off shelves
The kit detects E. coli 0157, the same
food-borne bacteria causing the current
outbreak in the U.S. and Canada linked to
romaine lettuce.
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