For a Better World
For a Better World
Oct 19, 2021
Fair Trade Dairy: A False Solution
Play • 27 min

Crispin Hernandez and the Workers' Center of Central New York won historic legal protections for farmworkers in Episode 1. Now they take their demands to Chobani’s doorstep, backed by a detailed report. 

But instead of negotiating with workers, Chobani chose a different path. They partnered with Fair Trade USA to develop a new “Fair Trade Dairy” standard, and rolled out a “Milk Matters” platform. But they aren’t engaging with workers. 

Topics covered include:

  • The massive growth of the industrial dairy industry at the expense of farm workers’ health and wellbeing.
  • Workers’ Center of Central New York’s research into conditions on dairy farms in New York State, including those selling to Chobani. 
  • Crispin and organizers deliver their demands straight to Chobani’s doorstep, calling for recognition of their rights and negotiations. 
  • Farm workers’ demand for an alternative to Chobai and Fair Trade USA’s “Fair Trade Dairy” label that requires Chobani to work with dairy farms that respect workers’ rights
  • How Fair Trade USA’s “Fair Trade Dairy” label was developed without farmworkers, a clear contrast from the farmworkers’ demands of Chobani
  • What has (and hasn’t) changed since Workers Center of Central New York brought their demands to Chobani’s door. 

Do you work on a farm participating in the “Fair Trade Dairy” program? We want to hear about your experiences. Send a message to or call (800) 631-9980.


Learn more about Crispin’s work and the Workers’ Center of Central New York at

Read the Milked report, detailing conditions on New York dairy farms written by Workers Center of Central New York and allies and presented to Chobani: 

See the open letter to Chobani from New York worker groups detailing their demands and opposition to “Fair Trade Dairy”:

Find out where farm workers are organizing around the country and learn more about the work of Food Chain Workers’ Alliance:

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