I don't know about you, but I had an extra bounce in my step on July 24th. I was proud that every second of the day, someone was reading a post about slave-free tomatoes and taking action to change the food system.
In 24 hours, food bloggers produced over 50 blog posts, hundreds of tweets and retweets (bordering on thousands), and there were so many #slavefreetomatoes hashtags it was hard to keep up!
And people noticed.
Over 500 of them sent letters to CEOs!
I read many of the comments left on the blog posts and saw several common sentiments: "I didn't know this was happening." "Thank you for bringing attention to this issue." "I sent my letter!" It proves what I believed all along: That people who care about eating good food also care about our food system, and that all people need to take action is the information.
But how to we proceed now that the adrenaline of Tomato Tuesday has dissolved back into our daily routines?
The first step is to feel proud of what we've accomplished. Summer has just begun, and already the issue of slave-free tomatoes has gained tremendous momentum.
The second step is to continue maintaining the awareness we've spread. If you're looking for even more ways stay involved, here's how to do it.
5 Ways to Keep Spreading Tomato Love
1. If you haven't already, send this letter to supermarket CEOs. It's the easiest awy to make a difference in less than 30 seconds.
2. Vote for the Slave-Free Tomatoes campaign on GOOD Maker. If the event gets the most votes by TOMORROW, August 1, International Justice Mission will receive $1,000! It's fast and free, so please take a minute to cast your vote.
3. Although the event is over, the Recipe for Change campaign will continue throughout the summer. Whenever you see the #slavefreetomatoes or #R4C hashtags, retweet to keep spreading the word!