The logic behind the Campaign for Fair Food is simple. Publix, like Wal-Mart, purchase a tremendous volume of fruits and vegetables, leveraging their buying power to demand the lowest possible prices from their suppliers. This, in turn, exerts a powerful downward pressure on wages and working conditions in these suppliers' operations. Publix, which had 1.3 billion in profits last year, holds the most power when it comes to the wages of workers at the bottom of the chain.
The difference between Apple and Publix is that Apple is doing something about it, even from half a world away. No one expects either Apple or Publix to fix injustice overnight, but we want them to honestly try. Publix has something to learn from Apple’s example. And if you don’t think that farm worker wages and conditions is Pubix’s business, then I have a great job for you picking tomatoes on a farm in Immokalee.