Chipotle Raises Pay For Tomato Pickers
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A big restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill, has joined other fast food chains and giving tomato pickers a raise. That's good news to one advocacy group in Immokalee, Florida. From Fort Myers, member station WGCU, Valerie Alker reports.
VALERIE ALKER: Chipotle Spokesman Chris Arnold says his company will buy its Florida tomatoes directly from one private grower.
CHRIS ARNOLD: In looking at all of the ingredients we use to make our food, we're constantly looking for ways to make them better, to get ingredients that are raised in ways that demonstrate respect for the land and the animals and for the workers who are involved.
ALKER: University of Florida agricultural economist Fritz Roca says the deal is good for workers, but the challenge for restaurants is to make it sustainable.
FRITZ ROCA: They have to somehow translate this agreement into a value that their customers, that they say, hey, these folks are doing something for the betterment of farm workers and we want to support them.
ALKER: For NPR News, I'm Valerie Alker in Fort Myers, Florida.
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