¿Por qué Certificado de Justicia Alimentaria?


Transparencia = Confianza

Estás parado en el pasillo del supermercado. Donde quiera que mires hay etiquetas que hacen todo tipo de afirmaciones. Cuando recoge ese producto "certificado" en el supermercado, sabemos que se está preguntando: ¿esta etiqueta realmente significa algo?

Un sistema de certificación es tan significativo como la "verdad" detrás de su etiqueta. Por lo tanto, nuestro compromiso número uno es la transparencia. El Proyecto de Justicia Agrícola, las partes interesadas están formadas por organizaciones sin fines de lucro, granjas y negocios de alimentos con una larga historia de abogacía por una mayor transparencia e integridad en la certificación orgánica. Nos comprometemos a desarrollar un sistema sin lagunas y una etiqueta en la que los consumidores puedan confiar.

Hemos construido transparencia en nuestro programa de muchas maneras:

Requerimientos de alto porcentaje para productos con múltiples ingredientes. La etiqueta de certificación en su caja de macarrones con queso es tan veraz como sus requisitos de etiquetado son fuertes. Sus alimentos procesados favoritos, como barras de granola o salsa para pasta, están hechos de diferentes ingredientes que vienen de muchas granjas y procesadores diferentes. Cuando ve una etiqueta de certificación en el frente de un producto procesado, espera que todos los ingredientes, granjas y procesadores involucrados cumplan con el estándar. La etiqueta debe significar que la comida real en ese paquete está certificada. Sea cierto o no depende de los requisitos de etiquetado.

Ejemplo: compota de manzana


Las empresas "Apple Happy" y "Super Sauce" creen exactamente el mismo producto. Sus ingredientes crudos (manzanas, azúcar, canela) provienen de las mismas granjas y procesadores. Apple Happy posee la certificación "A". Super Sauce posee la certificación "B". En el supermercado, ambos frascos de salsa de manzana tienen exactamente el mismo aspecto, con una etiqueta a todo color en el panel delantero. Sin embargo, la certificación "A" tiene un requisito de etiquetado muy bajo para los productos con múltiples ingredientes. Los requisitos de la certificación B son mucho más altos. Apple Happy solo tiene que usar azúcar certificado para calificar para el uso completo de la etiqueta. Super Sauce tiene que tener azúcar certificada Y manzanas. ¿Cuál preferirías comprar?

Aunque los productos tienen el mismo aspecto en la tienda, Super Sauce utiliza una etiqueta más transparente: su certificación "B" significa más. Requisitos de Certificado de Justicia Alimentaria, los socios de PJA, han desarrollado los requisitos de etiquetado de ingredientes múltiples de Certificado de Justicia Alimentaria para ser tan altos como creemos que es posible. Requerimos que el 95% del peso en seco del producto (es decir, el peso sin contenido de agua) esté certificado antes de que se otorgue el uso completo de nuestra etiqueta. Cualquier cosa menos del 95% dice "Hecho con" o solo figura en el panel de ingredientes. ¿Tener preguntas? ¡Contáctenos! El conocimiento es poder: pregunte a sus otras etiquetas favoritas qué porcentajes usan.

Requisitos de Certificación del Procesador y del Titular de la Marca

Cuando vea una etiqueta de justicia social o comercio justo en salsa de manzana, espera que los trabajadores de las granjas que cultivaban las manzanas, la canela y el azúcar estuvieran cubiertos por las normas. También espera que los agricultores reciban un buen precio por sus productos. Pero, ¿qué hay de los trabajadores de la planta de procesamiento que preparó la salsa de manzana? ¿O los empleados de la compañía que los fabrica y los que son los dueños de la marca? Nuevamente, esto es sobre la verdad en el etiquetado. Los abusos laborales pueden ocurrir en cualquier nivel de la cadena alimentaria, no solo en la granja. Creemos que una etiqueta en el panel frontal de un producto debe ser veraz: ¿está certificada la propia empresa o solo las granjas de dónde compran? Desarrollamos un sistema de etiquetado de tres niveles para hacer que estas diferencias sean obvias para los consumidores.

Proceso de Consulta Pública

PJA ha desarrollado un paso en nuestro proceso de certificación que le permite a usted, el público, comunicarse directamente con el certificador de una granja o negocio en particular si tiene inquietudes. Creemos que la certificación de justicia social debe ser una revisión de 360 grados, y que las granjas y las empresas deben hacer un esfuerzo para tener un impacto positivo en sus comunidades. Este proceso permite a los miembros de la comunidad hablar y dejar que los certificadores sepan si hay problemas que merecen una mayor investigación antes de que una granja o empresa se certifique. Visite nuestra página de consulta pública para obtener más información.

"Proceso participativo" - Programa de Normas y Certificación

PJA reconoce que no somos expertos. Los agricultores, los trabajadores agrícolas, los propietarios de restaurantes, los procesadores y todos los demás interesados en el sistema alimentario (¡incluido usted, el consumidor!) son los verdaderos expertos.

PJA ha hecho que nuestra misión sea incluir representantes de partes interesadas en cada paso de nuestro desarrollo. También hemos convocado un comité asesor formal compuesto por representantes de cada grupo de partes interesadas para supervisar todo nuestro trabajo y mantenernos en buen camino.

Los estándares de CJA se desarrollaron a lo largo de un proceso de una década de compilación de aportes de los interesados en todo el mundo. Navega a nuestra pestaña Más información en la parte superior para leer sobre nuestro desarrollo de estándares.

También creemos que las partes interesadas deberían desempeñar un papel más importante en la certificación real. Es por eso que incluimos a un representante de una organización de derechos de los trabajadores en el equipo de auditoría que inspecciona las granjas o negocios con mano de obra contratada.

Por favor, ¡dennos sus comentarios! Nuestros estándares y políticas son documentos vivos. Ayúdenos a hacer que nuestro sistema sea más transparente, representativo y justo enviándonos sus pensamientos.


Certified Farms & Businesses


These farms and businesses have recognized the importance of fair labor practices and proudly display the Food Justice Certified label on their products.

Hays Alberta Canada

Petersburg, New York
www.soulfirefarm.org/

GreenStar Natural Foods Co-op

Ithaca, New York
www.greenstar.coop
GreenStar Natural Foods Co-op, one of NYS’s outstanding retail stores,has been a pioneer in food justice, initiating an array of programs to provide access to high quality food for low-income people and to diversify staff. Operating two stores and a warehouse/community center, GreenStar has over 200 employees. The store is committed to cooperative principles and to open book management by a team that makes decisions by consensus and welcomes the creative contributions of all staff members and owner-volunteers. “Providing fair and supportive treatment of our own employees, and being sensitive to the working and living conditions of those whose labor produces the goods we sell,” are top priorities for GreenStar.

Pie Ranch

Pescadero, CA
www.pieranch.org
Pie Ranch has been training young farmers and providing educational programs for high school students since 2003. A working farm and an educational and cultural center, Pie Ranch “cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.” Executive and Program Directors Jered Lawson and Nancy Vail chose to apply for Food Justice Certification to underscore their commitment to social justice. As they put it, “Pie Ranch is a place for “pie in the sky” idealistic thinking to guide social change… We believe enjoyable and thoughtful engagement with good food can bring individuals, families and institutions — from children to school boards — together to create a more healthful and just society.”

Swanton Berry Farm

Davenport, CA
www.swantonberryfarm.com
With Food Justice Certification, Swanton Berry Farm, the first organic strawberry farm to unionize, continues to make social justice history. Based in Davenport, the farm rents land on five ranches along Highway One north of Santa Cruz to grow strawberries and other berries as well as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, pumpkins and celery. Swanton Berry offers fresh produce, jams and other value-added products at their farm store as well as selling to restaurants and grocery chains in the Bay Area. Farmer Jim Cochran explains the farm’s decision to add this domestic fair trade label to their organic certification: “The dignity of farm labor is a founding principle of Swanton Berry Farm. From the beginning, we wanted to present our customers with a product produced under the best working conditions possible. What would be the point of farming organically if the workers were underpaid, overworked or treated without respect? Just carrying the California Certified Organic label did not address these important issues.”

The Family Garden/Browns Organic Farm

Gainesville, Florida
www.thefamilygardencsa.com

Jordan Brown farmed for 8 years on 25-acre farmland in Bell, Florida. His farm, The Family Garden, relocated in 2015 to Gainesville, Florida on 20-acres in the southeast of town where they are growing mixed vegetables, while maintaining their fruit production on the property in Bell. The Family Garden strives to improve the land with good environmental stewardship and to treat employees’ right, all while growing quality products at a reasonable price. “We try to have a good work environment and pay a wage people can live on.” The Family Garden produce is available locally through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, local restaurants, and farmers markets, as well as being sold wholesale throughout Florida. “As my workers and I learned together about AJP’s social justice standards, I became even more sure that I had made the right decision for my farm and the people who work alongside me and my family here,” said Farmer Jordan Brown. “We’re taking a big step together, being the first farm in the southeast U.S. to participate in this program,” said Brown. “I’ve learned a lot from the process and am excited to see the program grow.”

Food Justice Certified Standards


The Food Justice Certified (FJC) standards were originally developed by AJP over a four year period of stakeholder input—involving farmers, farmworkers, and indigenous, retail, and consumer groups—and are an attempt to codify in concrete terms what making a legitimate claim of “social justice” in organic and sustainable agriculture means. AJP has a standard practice of revising our stakeholder-developed standards document every five years. The process is based on ISEAL’s best practices for standards revisions and typically takes about 18 months from start to finish.

Visit our Revisions page to learn more about the 2015 - 2016 Standards Revisions Process!

FJC Standards address:

  • Workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Fair wages and benefits for workers
  • Fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers
  • Fair pricing for farmers
  • Clear conflict resolution policies for farmers or food business owners/managers and workers
  • The rights of indigenous peoples
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Farmworker housing
  • Interns and apprentices
  • Children on farms

Download Full Standards Document (Spanish)

AJP is continually seeking comment on our draft standards for Labor Contractors, and we are also seeking Labor Contractors willing to participate in a pilot project to pursue certification. These standards will not be finalized before that pilot project is completed.

Etiquetado Escalonado

Transparencia en un sistema alimentario complejo

Nuestro sistema de alimentos es complicado. Después de que los ingredientes se van de la granja, incluso los productos sencillos pueden pasar por muchos eslabones de la cadena alimentaria - procesadores, distribuidores y otros negocios - antes de llegar a los consumidores.

Estos eslabones intermedios a menudo se vuelven invisibles para los consumidores, a pesar del hecho de que el abuso de los derechos humanos podría tener lugar a nivel del procesador.

Para mantener la verdad en el etiquetado, Certificado de Justicia Alimentaria utiliza tres etiquetas diferentes para comunicar a los consumidores cuántos eslabones de la cadena fueron certificados en la producción de un producto.


Don’t Forget to Check the Ingredients List!

For multi-ingredient products, such as soup, we require that a significant amount of the total ingredients are certified before our label can be placed on the product. But, manufacturers may pring "Food Justice Certified" in the ingredients list in this case.

For example: If a can of chicken soup only contains Food Justice Certified carrots, the manufacturer would print "Food Justice Certified carrots" in the ingredients list instead of placing a label on the front.

Why make it complicated? This encourages further development of certified supply chains, and prevents "fair-washing" or mis-labeling.

FJC Trainings Offered


1. Food Justice Certified Trainings

Are designed for certifiers, worker organizations and independent inspectors that have interest in offering FJC to clients or are vested in the mission and wish to promote and train workers on their labor rights. The training is also open to the general public, educators and researchers who want to support the mission of AJP and the FJC program.

The training devotes a day-and-a-half to presentations and discussions, and then conducts three field inspections where the participants first observe, then assist the trainers in guided inspections, and finally perform an inspection while observed by their trainers. Classroom work alternates formal presentations with participatory exercises and covers the following topics:

  • What is AJP? (history, background, mission),
  • Overview of AJP certification system, eligibility, the Food Justice labeling,
  • The challenges of social auditing: skills and characteristics of a good interviewer, and
  • The AJP verification process: the cooperative relationship between certifier and farm worker representatives, selecting workers to interview, inspection process, final review, and decision on certification.

The training concludes with a written exam. Once the exam and final paperwork are completed a certificate is awarded to the participant, enabling them to participate in the first domestic social justice certification program to launch in North America.

2. Food Justice Certified Reviewer Training

Reviewer trainings cover the same classroom material as the full inspector training, but they do not include the day-and-a-half of field inspections. This training is geared towards support staff working for approved certifiers or worker organizations that would like to review files and learn more about the Food Justice Certified program and process. By completing the Reviewer Training and successfully passing the exam, trainees are qualified to review files for Food Justice Certified applicants being processed by an approved certifier or worker organization.

3. Training the Trainer

AJP offers Training the Trainer for farmworker organizations. The training focuses on labor rights and rights covered under Food Justice Certification. This training prepares participants to facilitate a 2 - 3 hour worker training on FJC farms to educate them on their rights under the law and under FJC. The typical Train the Trainer is covered over 2 days. The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to AJP and Icebreaker Activities
  • Legal Rights presentation, interactive activity and discussion
  • Health and Safety presentation, activity and discussion
  • Food Justice Certified Standards presentation, activity and scenario
  • Discussion on Conflict of Interest Principles
  • Train the Trainer Workshop presentation and discussion
  • Train the Trainer Practice in small groups with final presentation

If you are interested in attending our next training or would like more information about the standards, trainings, and technical assistance to prepare for certification, please contact AJP.

4. Five-Year Refresher Course

Every five years trained inspectors and file reviewers must complete a refresher course to maintain their status. The refresher course can be completed remotely and must be completed within the fifth year (dated from certificate of completion) to remain active. To complete your refresher course start by watching the videos. Once you have completed the viewing contact info@agriculturaljusticeproject.org and we will send you a short survey.