Read the first part of the interview here.

We continue the conversation with Smriti Keshari on the 'Food Chains'' and look at the issues that the movie raises and the changes that have been made since. 

Have you seen any changes or improvements to the legislation since the movie was released?

Absolutely. The changes have been really ground-breaking. The CIW also have the fair food program that basically ensures the rights of the men and women in the field, from safe working conditions to water and shade, to be able to work free from sexual violence and forced labour. This model is a new model for human rights and for a global supply chain and it has transformed the Florida tomato industry, which was known as the ground zero for modern-day slavery.

Last year the New York Times called it 'the best working environment in American agriculture'.

When we started filming there were 11 organizations and now there are 14, including Walmart.



The changes that were made with the fair food program and the solutions they have come up with are really incredible: $15 million has been paid in premium to farm workers, 22,000 education sessions and 600 worker complaints. You're talking about ground zero for modern-day slavery and one of the toughest industries. That’s such an astonishing showcase of the power of people working together. 

Have you heard any feedback from Publix?

What’s interesting about Publix and what makes it in a way ironic, is that they are a Florida-based company. Their headquarters are in Florida and so you would think that it's a no-brainer for them to sign on board to support their own farmworkers in their own state.

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They have never responded to the CIW except those very generic press statements, and while the film was coming out, they had even hired kind of Social Media crisis team. They had begun responding to posts on Facebook, but still without an actual dialog, which is all CIW really wants. 

The interesting thing about Food Chains is that it doesn't really have a clear cut ''bad guy''. There’s a whole chain of people contributing to the appalling working conditions of the farmers. 

The market is not fundamentally created to exploit. It is driven by demand, and one of the points we make in the movie is that as consumers we have the power, duty and responsibility to make sure that what we are demanding doesn’t come at the expense of another human being. Up the supply chain, everyone wants to be part of the system that is treating farm workers fairly. The power is in the people together being able to demand be done what's right. 

Do you believe in the power of boycotting the products from certain places to bring about change?

It's interesting that you mention the power of boycotting.

The CIW has used that method before in the infamous Taco Bell boycotts. That was their first victory, in getting the college students to boycott Taco Bell as a way to bring attention to farm workers. There were hundreds of Taco Bells on campuses where the students were boycotting and finally, Taco Bell was willing to listen. These large companies do provide the livelihood for the farm workers and this is something CIW stresses. They want to get there by first and foremost conversation and then protest and rallies. 

It is unfortunate that that’s what it takes, but when companies are willing to listen to the human elements, they see where it hurts and it's the loss of their consumers and profit. 

The movie ''Food Chains'' is available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon.