Ask Trader Joe's to Sell Abuse-Free Food
  • Petitioned Joe Coulumbe

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Joe Coulumbe
Director, Marketing and Sales
Patricia John
SVP, Operations
Chuck Pilliter
Art Director, Marketing
Sunny Deguzman
Public Relations Director
Allison Mochizuki
Dan Bane

Ask Trader Joe's to Sell Abuse-Free Food

    1. Petition by

      Student Farmworker Alliance

Trader Joe's presents itself as a hip, progressive place to shop, full of vegetarian options and free from the plethora of hot-orange processed snacks found elsewhere.

But Trader Joe's refuses to take one very critical progressive step and join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (CIW) Campaign for Fair Food. And because of their refusal, you might just be buying tomatoes produced under sweatshop conditions -- or worse -- from those friendly, Hawaiian shirt-wearing joes.

Both everyday 'sweatshop' conditions as well as the extreme of modern-day slavery are reality for many farmworkers right here in the U.S. In Florida, well over 1,000 farmworkers have been freed from forced labor operations in the past 15 years.

The ultimate solution to modern-day slavery in agribusiness lies on the "demand side" of the U.S. produce market -- the major food-buying corporations that profit from the artificially-low cost of U.S. produce picked by workers in sweatshop and, in the worst cases, slavery conditions. Ultimately, those modern mega corporations must leverage their vast resources and market influence as major produce buyers to clean up slavery and other labor abuses in their supply chains once and for all.

This is where you come in. As a consumer, you have the power to ensure the workers who grow and harvest your food are getting fair pay for their work and are being treated with dignity. The CIW's Campaign for Fair Food harnesses the purchasing power of the food industry for the betterment of farm worker wages and working conditions.

Please, ask Trader Joe's to join the campaign.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
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    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Trader Joe's recently posed a message on this issue on their website: This is evidence that they're concerned about the campaign, now let's keep up the pressure!

    5. Reached 7 signatures
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    Reasons for signing

    • Lauretta Bickford RANDOLPH, VT
      • about 2 years ago

      Boycott Traitor Joe's!!!

    • Tammie Repp WOODSTOCK, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I have stopped shopping at this store for this reason. I thought they were more in-tune with organic and hormone free and free range foods.

    • Diane Hartigan GLOUCESTER, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm so tired of hearing excuses for modern-day slavery. The longer we allow this to continue, the deeper the roots grow and the harder it will be to reverse this unconscionable practice.

      • about 2 years ago

      I shop at TJs and want food that is ethically produced.

    • stephanie kearney GROSSE ILE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important because no one should be force dto work in sweatshop conditions


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