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Agricultural Justice Project standards revision

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  • David Jaber
    Note that they would like to . . create standards that would allow native peoples in the US to make the claim of fair trade on the labels for their products.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2009
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      Note that they "would like to . . create standards that would allow
      native peoples in the US to make the claim of fair trade on the
      labels for their products."



      > From: ehendrsn@...

      >
      > Dear Friends,
      > I would like to call your attention to the Agricultural Justice
      > Project.
      > Since 1999, we have been working on creating a model for local fair
      > trade
      > in the United States. Our steering committee includes the
      > stakeholders who
      > must be at the table before any claims of fair trade can be made -
      > family-scale farmers, farmworkers, and an ngo that has a 40 years
      > record
      > in working for sustainable farming. You can read the history of our
      > work
      > and review the standards we have written on our website -
      > http://www.agriculturaljusticeproject.org So far, our standards have
      > focused on
      > the rights of farmworkers to decent wages, negotiated working
      > conditions,
      > respectful treatment and freedom of association, and the rights of
      > farmers
      > to negotiated pricing that covers the costs of production,
      > including fair
      > wages for farmers and those who work on their farms and clear conflict
      > resolution procedures for all involved. We have a set of
      > principles for
      > indigenous peoples rights written by a leader in the indigenous
      > peoples
      > movement in Bolivia, and we would like to build upon these
      > principles to
      > create standards that would allow native peoples in the US to make
      > the
      > claim of fair trade on the labels for their products. We also
      > intend to
      > add standards for retail workers.
      > Attached and below you will find our timeline for the revision of our
      > standards based on our experience from 4 years of pilot projects. We
      > would appreciate your participation. We welcome your comments and
      > we are
      > still seeking a few more members for our standards revision committee.
      > We would also appreciate the opportunity to make a presentation on our
      > work and engage in dialogue with you at the conference you have
      > planned
      > for late October.
      > For Peace with Justice,
      > Elizabeth Henderson
      >
      >
      ---
      David Jaber
      Indigenous Permaculture
      (510) 540-5728
      djaber@...

      http://www.indigenous-permaculture.net






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