Saturday, July 24, 2004
Taco Bell used to be my favorite for quick, cheap eats. Never mind the rumors of using Grade D meat (just barely a step above pet food grade). Foodgoat insists they're awful in Ohio, though.
Well, turns out Taco Bell, and specifically its owner, YUM Brands, is being boycotted by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which has been organizing for many years in an effort to modernize labor relations in Florida's fields and improve wages and working conditions. Taco Bell has turned down requests to pay just 1 cent more per pound of tomatoes to improve the conditions of farmworkers in Florida. Taco Bell doesn't directly control the farmworker conditions, but as a major buyer of tomatoes, they could certainly pressure suppliers to adhere to certain standards.
I wonder if anyone eats at Taco Bell in Mexico?