Local/Organic Food

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Diminish the need to ship produce from all around the globe, wasting oil, by joining a CSA and local farms.  You can easily receive farm fresh, local produce for very little cost.  Usually it is sold by the box, and is easily split amongst friends, roommates and family.  Check your local farmer’s market for information on how to get this started!

 

 

Do You Want to Support Corporate Food?

“Dole Foods Recent Growth Marred by Allegations of Violence and Intimidation”

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By Brian Campbell and Eva Seidelman, International Labor Rights Forum

“In Colombia and the Philippines, where politics and government are dominated by the military or paramilitary organizations, and which are two of the world’s two most dangerous countries for trade union leaders, expanded production for Dole has been marred with allegations of violence and intimidation of local workers and farmers by the local military and paramilitary units.

In Colombia, a group of 73 plaintiffs recently filed a civil wrongful death suit against Dole in a California court alleging that the company hired local units of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), an illegal right-wing paramilitary group that was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 2001, to murder labor union organizers or small farmers fighting attempts by Dole to obtain their land and plant bananas. According to the suit, DOLE “made arrangements with the AUC’s founder, Carlos Castaño, to provide major support to the AUC in exchange for ‘security services’, . . . including driving small farmers from their land to allow DOLE to plant bananas; driving leftist guerillas out of the banana zones, and in the process murdering thousands of innocent people, including the relatives of plaintiffs.”

Recently, Chiquita Brand International and its executives agreed to a plea deal with the US Department of Justice after coming forward to admit that it had funded organization accused of killing trade union leaders. Chiquita was able to escape any serious criminal liability by agreeing to pay a $25 million fine.

In the Philippines, where Dole has been granted its own special economic zone, workers are being threatened and intimidated by government military forces.  According to union leaders, Dole is participating in efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to intimidate and harass Dole Philippines workers and union leaders of Amado Kadena-KMU. Local military officials have been very vocal that it sees the military’s “job is to protect free enterprises as mandated by the president’s policy of foreign investment and resource development.”

Dole has a great deal of economic and political influence with the national and local authorities where it operates. Unfortunately, Dole has chosen not to act to end the violence and intimidation of local labor leaders by military and paramilitary units.”

Ask the Naropa Cafe where they get their fruit so you can make an informed purchase! Dole is now selling an Organic variety of produce, but just because it may have been  grown more ethically doesn’t mean the workers were treated with same regard!

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3 Comments

  1. Portia Johnson said,

    November 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    This blog is amazing! I’m so excited about everyone getting on top the products that are being sold at Naropa.

    I am a student at Naropa and my partner and I have been (ironically) starting a fair trade/organic/sustainably harvested/local…generally conscious bulk candy and snack vending route for the Boulder area. We have approached Naropa first, to see if there is an interest for this kind of snack option.

    Though we don’t yet know if we will have our ‘crank’-style vending machines at Naropa, it is a possibility if the student body wants Fair Trade candy and snack options. We will know better following the Fair Trade survey that will go out via email to all Naropa students tomorrow, Thurs. Nov 12.

    For now, I would like to give you a list of products we are thinking of providing; each fair trade, organic and/or local. We are very open to other Fair Trade/Organic/Local distributors you know of, so please give us your feedback on the list and others we may not have included so we can best serve your needs!

    Distributors and Products may include…

    SUNSPIRE NATURAL CHOCOLATES – Fair Trade Earth Chocolate Balls
    KOPALI ORGANICS- Fair Trade, Sustainably Harvested & Organic Superfood Mix (Goji Berries, Mulberries, Pistachios & Cacao Nibs), FT, SH & Org. Chocolate-covered Cacao Nibs, Goji Berries & Espresso Beans
    OLOMOMO NUT, CO. (local) – All Natural Chai Bliss Almonds, Zippy Zen Almonds, Cosmic Maple Masala Pecans & Mango Zinger Almonds
    TERRAMAZON – (all Fair Trade, Sustainably Harvested and Organic products)
    NATIERRA – (all FT, SH & Org. products)

    Let us know what you think!

    Thank you!
    Portia

  2. Alli said,

    November 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    wow this is an AMAZING Article! Thanks for posting it I’ll spread the word…

  3. Monica N. said,

    November 17, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    This is exciting! I’m glad this push is finally happening.

    If Naropa wants to be a service-oriented school and have a positive impact on the world, we have to make sure that everything Naropa does reflects and supports that.

    Fair-trade, and especially LOCAL and ORGANIC food, that’s where it’s at. We can do it Naropa!


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