Protecting Food. Empowering Whistleblowers.

Rural Partnerships for a More Just Food System

When it comes to the integrity of our food, no one knows the truth about food better than the farmers and workers who bring it to our tables. In early 2020 we launched our Rural Partnerships campaign to increase our capacity and ability to respond to rural whistleblowers who reach out with urgent needs.

Do you have a rural issue regarding food safety, animal welfare, environmental justice, or retaliation that you would like FIC to investigate? If so, please click here to complete our intake application.

Our Rural Partnerships campaign is already at work on the following initiatives:

  1. Revitalizing Whistleblower Protection in NC: FIC’s first state-level initiative to bolster whistleblower protections and anti-retaliation measures that impact whether truth-tellers come forward. 
  2. Keeping Clean Energy Honest: Working at the intersection of factory farming and energy production, FIC’s collaboration with GAP’s Environment, Energy and Climate Change program maintains transparency in the rapidly evolving landscape of technologies and corporate promises for “green” energy. 

Click to the “Full Story” to learn more about how FIC is working with rural partners to improve communities!

Full Story

Who spoke up? — Key Whistleblowers

Rudy Howell

Long-time Perdue poultry farmer has alleged he was wrongfully discharged for raising concerns about Perdue’s practices. Read his full complaint here (link). Rudy originally reached out to GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign because he was sick of watching the big chicken companies deceptively trap farmers like him into a business that makes it near impossible to stay afloat, and then punish farmers if they don’t do exactly what they’re told.

Rudy’s Story »

Court Documents

You can download the court documents by clicking on the following PDF links.

Complaint – Rudy Howell vs. Perdue Farms

In the News

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