A fresh look at tomatoes, cucumbers, and labor

This week, American Rights at Work Education Fund released its annual report, The Labor Day List: Partnerships that Work. The report highlights employers who understand that going green, building a successful business, and respecting workers’ rights go hand in hand.  The businesses featured represent a range of employers of various sizes, locations, and industries.

Among those mentioned in the report was Eurofresh , the country’s leading producer and marketer of pesticide-free greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers.  Based in Willcox, Arizona, Eurofresh grows tomatoes and cucumbers using state of the art greenhouse technology.

One of southern Arizona’s largest employers, Eurofresh employs over 800 union workers.  As Paul Rubin of UFCW Local 99 puts it,  the company and union have “a very cooperative relationship.” Eurofresh workers receive full family healthcare coverage with no premium costs, and earn approximately 65 percent more than non-union agricultural workers. Eurofresh’s greenhouses are also much safer for workers than open fields, with fewer ergonomic injuries and no exposure to harsh conditions and contaminants.

Eurofresh produce earns praise from cooks and conservationists alike.  For the past decade, the company’s tomatoes have been named “America’s Best Tasting Tomato” by the American Culinary Institute.  And believe it or not, growing produce in a greenhouse actually reduces land and water use, making the process efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly.

With a strong commitment to sustainability, safety, and workers’ rights, Eurofresh is a standout in the agricultural industry.  In an industry that is characterized by low wages and that all-too-often values quantity over quality, this pioneering farm provides an innovative and fresh alternative.

As the country gears up for Labor Day weekend, Eurofresh proves that conservation, labor rights and safe, delicious produce is a recipe for success.

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