NASHVILLE, Tenn.- An extra penny per pound of tomatoes doesn't sound like much, but it had folks protesting outside of Publix on Saturday.
Protesters want Publix to start charging that extra penny to help improve working conditions for farm workers in Florida. Organizers said the "fair food agreement" would almost double wages, bring pay closer to minimum wage, and insure basic labor rights.
"Publix is trying to expand in middle Tennessee, they're trying to get dozens of more stores in mid Tennessee. We would love to welcome them here, we just ask they have some basic standards about how farm workers are treated," said Kate Savage, a local protestor.
Whole Foods, Trader Joes and several fast food chains have already signed on to "Fair food" agreements.