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The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI)

The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) brings together workers, growers and retailers in the effort to produce better fruits and vegetables. As produce farms comply with the EFI Standard—for improved working conditions, pesticide management, and food safety—the entire food system sees benefits, all the way from farm workers to consumers.

The EFI Standard

EFI Labor standards cover worker health and safety, freedom of association, fair wages, benefits and conditions of employment, freedom from discrimination and retaliation, dispute settlement, employer-provided housing, and protections for H2A Workers.

EFI Pesticide standards deal with the management of pests, soil, water and habitat. The initial emphasis is on using an Integrated Pest Management approach to minimize the use of hazardous pesticides. EFI requires full pesticide use reporting, including quantification of pesticide risks to workers and the environment.

EFI Food Safety standards address worker hygiene, water use, soil amendments, land use, animals, harvest, and post-harvest activities.

Click Here to learn more about the EFI Standard.

EFI has developed a training tool— the EFI Leadership Training Program—that helps companies meet or exceed EFI’s standards by training farm workers and growers to collaborate and improve  production processes.

EFI’s system for assessment and certification will provide assurance that good-faith steps have been taken to implement our standards. Growers and retailers will benefit from a well-trained workforce that allows for real-time accountability, improves production processes, and ensures a safer food supply. Workers will find new opportunities as they broaden their skills. And consumers will know that throughout the supply chain, committed partners are working together to make their food as safe and healthy as possible.