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Product of the Week: Strawberries

June 23, 2016

Nothing quite says summer like fresh purchased strawberries covered in whipped cream or baked into a pie!

 

You pay good money for their strawberries, so why buy something that was grown with poor labor practices and with really toxic and unsustainable farming techniques?

 

Labor Issue:

Strawberry pickers in Mexico and the USA pick berries for as much as 12 hours a day and earn a whopping $6 per day.

 

Toxic farming:

Strawberries are an absorptive fruit and therefore the pesticides, like the flavor are on the inside. The most toxic chemical is methyl bromide is widely used in conventional strawberry farming. It can cause cancer and reproductive problems.

 

Green Brands: anything certified Fairtrade and USDA Organic (100 Klerify points)

Yellow Brands: anything certified USDA Organic (60 Klerify Points)

Red Brands: Driscoll’s Strawberries (0 Klerify points)

 

Make your summer sweeter and ask Driscoll’s to only provide Organic and Fairtrade certified strawberries:

https://twitter.com/driscollsberry

https://www.facebook.com/driscollsberries

 

Sources:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-baja-farmworkers-20150411-story.html

http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2016/04/01/3764433/driscolls-boycott

http://www.progressive.org/news/2016/03/188606/farm-workers-two-countries-boycott-driscoll%E2%80%99s-berries

http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/haloxyfop-methylparathion/methyl-bromide-ext.html

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