Alert Update of the Week Tell Whole Foods and UNFI: Organic Means Respecting Workers’ Rights

In recent weeks, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has urged the world’s largest organic and "natural" retailer and wholesaler, Whole Foods Market and United Natural Foods, Inc. respectively, to prioritize certified organic food and products, support farmers and manufacturers’ transition to organic production, and to stop advertising or promoting so-called "natural" products (greenwashed conventional products) as if they were "almost as good as"or"almost organic."

Since our founding in 1998, OCA has fought to integrate organic and Fair Trade principles, to protect the rights of workers, both in the U.S. and abroad, throughout the natural and organic supply chain, from farm workers and food processing workers, to truck drivers, warehouse packers and retail clerks in grocery stores, coffee houses, and restaurants. OCA believes that Fair Trade, health, and sustainability are the inseparable components of an organic food and farming system and a green economy. This is why the OCA and our allies are challenging industry leaders, Whole Foods and UNFI, as well as the entire organic and green community, to implement a domestic Organic and Fair Trade code of conduct that assures workers’ rights are respected.

Take action today and send the Whole Foods and UNFI’s CEOs a message that organic means supporting workers’ rights!

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