Walmart Agrees to Pay Florida Tomato Growers a Penny More Per Pound

Ripe for change.
Ripe for change. Photo: Walmart

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program has already convinced fast-food giants McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Subway to pay an extra penny per pound for tomatoes, which is distributed to workers affected by dire conditions in Florida’s growing fields, and now the initiative just got its hugest push to date with Walmart signing on. (Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s already joined, but that’s less of a surprise.) The country’s largest food buyer even pledged to expand efforts benefiting tomato producers outside of Florida and crops other than tomatoes. [Mother Jones]