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Want to help Mexican farmworkers? Tell stores to carry fair trade products
Want to help Mexican farmworkers? Tell stores to carry fair trade products

Because of an investigative series in The Times, American consumers are more aware that a “Product of Mexico” label on their tomatoes or broccoli might mean that the produce has been picked by people living in squalid conditions in farm camps far from their homes, unable to leave because of their contracts. Some workers are held against their will, forced to live behind barbed-wire fences. Some are children. What has become clear, from readers' responses, is that many consumers are dismayed and want to know what they can do. Retailers worry about their images and respond to public outrage. But they'll become aware of it only if consumers speak out. When shoppers...

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