February 7 2014
photo by Naomi Wolf/Flickr.com
This commentary appeared on Orlando Sentinel on February 6, 2014.
The recent commitment by Wal-Mart Stores to the Fair Food Program is a transformational moment in the decades-long struggle for fair treatment of agricultural workers in America. As significant as it is, though, the Wal-Mart decision is hardly the last human-rights battle to be won on behalf of this long-oppressed work force.
The program that started in the tomato fields of Florida must be expanded to include other fruits and vegetables grown across the country. For true fairness to take root, growers and other retailers should follow the lead of Wal-Mart in demonstrating commitment to the rights of the men and women who toil in America's fields.