Penny on a Ib Project in Florida Tomato Fields

In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress

New York Times article by Steven Greenhouse

This article is an update on the Fair Food Program, an initiative by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), in Florida tomato fields to help tomato pickers (tomateros) earn a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked. The red bucket pictured below is a 32 pound bucket. Many workers in these fields are earning approx. $8.75 an hour, but pay depends on amount of tomatoes picked. CIW estimates that workers must pick enough tomatoes to fill 153 buckets a day to make minimum wage.

See this article from 2012 on CIW “food with integrity” and Chipotle.

photo by Jeremy Gantz


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