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. That’s why FIC is growing our Rural Partnerships campaign to increase our capacity and ability to respond to rural whistleblowers who reach out with urgent needs.
Our Rural Partnerships campaign is currently focused on the following initiatives:
Click to the “Full Story” to learn more about how FIC is working with rural partners to improve communities!Full Story
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 »
You can download the court documents by clicking on the following PDF links.Complaint – Rudy Howell vs. Perdue Farms
Food Whistleblowers are in the best position to warn of threats…
The first panel of the FIC10 conference was titled, “Overcoming Legal Barriers to Truth-Telling.” The panel featured litigation experts who venerated whistleblowers and their special ability to protect the integrity of our food system. Paul Levy from Public Citizen noted that seeking legal advice early offers the best chance to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and allow their voices to be heard.
During the FIC10 Conference panel, “Underrepresented Truth,” former dairy farmworker Crispin Hernandez described his immigration to the U.S. and how he became a low-wage worker. Due to a lack of training and access to proper medical attention, he suffered lifetime injuries while working in industrial animal agriculture. His story is one few consumers hear.
Fellow panelist and Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, Larry Baldwin, likewise shared his stories of underrepresented truth. He discussed his work advocating for environmental justice in North Carolina, where community organizers shed light on how industrial hog waste from CAFO’s are destroying surrounding communities.
Thankfully, both Hernandez and Baldwin also relayed how successful litigation has advanced their causes.
A single, one-dimensional way of thinking has created a monoculture of the mind. And the monoculture of the mind has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is the root of why we have pitted equity against ecology and sustainability against justice.—-VANDANA SHIVA