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T he dark side of Trader Joe and cheap tomatoes

I get Zester Daily and today's issue talked about the low pay of tomato pickers and how only Whole Foods signed on to pay one cent more a pound so these workers would get $80 a day instead of $ 50 and also wrote about the atrocious living conditions that prevail at the camps. Trader Joe refused to sign and this is the company that touts themselves as humane - oh yeah!!!!!! Of course no other markets signed on but none of them have ever bragged about their humane attitude. I am going to contact TJ's headquarters as well as the stores here in NC where I shop (I do go to the Cary store as well as Raleigh) and see what, if anything, might prod them into doing what I would consider the right thing. Of course, a flood of messages might very well help.

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