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319) Errol Schweizer: Navigating the exploitive food system towards worker justice

Green Dreamer: Seeding change towards collective healing, sustainability, regeneration

How might "eco-" or "ethical" certifications fall short of our hopes or expectations for what they mean and guarantee? What is it that leads many socially-driven food startups to become co-opted? In this episode, we welcome Errol Schweizer. Born in The Bronx, New York, Errol has over 25 years of experience in the food industry—from grill cook, stock clerk, and purchasing manager, to V.P. of Grocery, a position he held at Whole Foods for seven years. He has developed plant-based, Organic, Non-GMO, and regenerative supply chains and product standards for over a decade. Since 2016, he has been a Board Member, Co-Founder, and Advisor to over two dozen food retail and CPG enterprises. Currently, Errol is active in regional food policy, healthy food access, and labor advocacy, and is the Co-Founder and Host of The Checkout Podcast. The musical offering in this episode is Karma by Sarah Kinsley. Help us reach our Patreon goal: Patreon.com/GreenDreamer Green Dreamer is a community-supported podcast and multimedia journal exploring our paths to collective healing, ecological regeneration, and true abundance and wellness for all. Find our show notes, transcripts, and newsletter at GreenDreamer.com. *Our episodes are minimally edited, and we encourage further inquiry, seeing our dialogues as invitations to dive deeper into each topic and perspective.

56mins

3 Aug 2021

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#138 - Errol Schweizer: We Won’t End Factory Farming Until We Dismantle The System (Part 2)

Eat For The Planet with Nil Zacharias

A native of The Bronx, NY, Errol Schweizer is a 25+ year veteran of the food system, with experience in retail, food service, cooperatives, farmers markets, urban agriculture, community organizing and food policy. He has worked nearly every retail and service sector job, from grill cook and dishwasher, to stock clerk and purchasing manager. As the former V.P. of Grocery for Whole Foods, he spent over a decade bringing more than 6,000 products to market.Show Page: https://eftp.co/errol-schweizerNewsletter signup: https://eftp.co/newsletterFollow us on InstagramFollow Nil Zacharias on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

21 Apr 2021

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#137 - Errol Schweizer: We Won’t End Factory Farming Until We Dismantle The System (Part 1)

Eat For The Planet with Nil Zacharias

A native of The Bronx, NY, Errol Schweizer is a 25+ year veteran of the food system, with experience in retail, food service, cooperatives, farmers markets, urban agriculture, community organizing and food policy. He has worked nearly every retail and service sector job, from grill cook and dishwasher, to stock clerk and purchasing manager. As the former V.P. of Grocery for Whole Foods, he spent over a decade bringing more than 6,000 products to market.Show Page: https://eftp.co/errol-schweizerNewsletter signup: https://eftp.co/newsletterFollow us on InstagramFollow Nil Zacharias on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

21 Apr 2021

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Episode 29: Part 3 of 3, Worker Ownership and the Solidarity Economy, By Errol Schweizer

The Checkout

This episode covers different models of worker ownership and cooperative enterprises, with an eye towards creating a solidarity economy that meets the needs of all. Dedicated to MF DOOM and Riley Gale, whose music continues to inspire.Sources for all information are available upon request. Major sources:https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/millennials-own-less-than-5percent-of-all-us-wealth.html https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2020/02/03/seeking-a-more-worker-friendly-economy-some-states-push-employee-ownership https://project-equity.org/learn-about-employee-ownership-options/ https://www.nceo.org/what-is-employee-ownership https://www.ica.coop/en/cooperatives/cooperative-identity https://institute.coop/what-worker-cooperative https://www.usworker.coop/what-is-a-worker-cooperative/ https://geo.coop/blog/door-door-interview-jessica-gordon-nembhard https://www.ownershipeconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/employee_ownership_and_economic_wellbeing_2017.pdf https://institute.app.box.com/s/28pe2jpxvowxjvqralw6e778k5npavx9 https://institute.coop/examples-worker-cooperatives https://thenextsystem.org/learn/stories/role-worker-ownership-raising-incomes https://thenextsystem.org/learn/stories/role-worker-ownership-raising-incomes https://www.mutualinterest.coop/2020/12/how-socialists-created-a-co-operative-commonwealth-in-the-american-midwest https://geo.coop/articles/esteban-kelly-usfwc https://www.mutualinterest.coop/2021/01/the-future-of-tech-will-be-an-old-model-the-co-op https://platform.coop https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0896920519870577?journalCode=crsb https://geo.coop/articles/how-platform-co-ops-transform-gig-economy https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2019/12/melissa-hoover-employee-ownership-often-helps-to-shape-and-build-hot-new-markets-then-what/ https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2020/01/hazel-corcoran-what-if-we-had-an-antidote-to-worker-co-ops-selling-out/ https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2020/01/hazel-corcoran-what-if-we-had-an-antidote-to-worker-co-ops-selling-out/ https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2020/01/christopher-mackin-new-belgium-brewing-and-the-future-of-american-esops/ https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2019/12/christopher-michael-could-the-employee-ownership-trust-better-sustain-perpetual-employee-ownership/ https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2019/12/erbin-crowell-and-sonja-novkovic-esops-or-co-ops-depends-on-the-long-term-goal/ https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2019/12/camille-kerr-new-belgium-point-is-systems-change/ https://u.osu.edu/coopmastery/history/mondragon/ https://www.shareable.net/mondragon-corporation-a-manufacturer-of-equality/ https://www.mondragon-corporation.com/en/about-us/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/business/cooperatives-basque-spain-economy.html?referringSource=articleShare https://medium.com/fifty-by-fifty/mondragon-through-a-critical-lens-b29de8c6049 https://icic.org/cooperatives/works-leveraging-union-support-business-growth-mondragon-usa-model/ https://coopcincy.org/history http://unioncoops.org https://thenextsystem.org/learn/stories/multi-stakeholder-cooperative https://www.alternativeownershipadvisors.com/blog/legislation https://neweconomy.net/solidarity-economy/ https://ussen.orgFollow The Checkout on Facebook - Instagram - Twitter. Stream The Checkout on Apple Podcasts - Spotify - Stitcher - Google Podcast

1hr 15mins

20 Jan 2021

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Episode 28: Part 2 of 3, The Collective Bargain. By Errol Schweizer

The Checkout

2021 will be the year that we re-center working people in the food system. History shows that organized efforts and legally-binding contracts result in safer workplaces and better livelihoods for all supply chain workers, particularly women and people of color.Sources for all information are available upon request. Major sources:https://www.wholeworker.org/press/december-mass-emailhttps://www.businessinsider.com/whole-foods-worker-demands-hazard-pay-covid-benefits-mass-email-2020-12https://www.grocerydive.com/news/disruptor-of-year-amazon-2020/588867/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-12-11%20Grocery%20Dive%20%5Bissue:31376%5D&utm_term=Grocery%20Dive https://cdn.ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ILSR_PopEdforIndependentBusinessOwner.pdf https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-competition-shopify-wayfair-allbirds-antitrust-11608235127 https://cdn.ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Amazon-Vs-The-People.pdf https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dp3yn/amazon-leaked-reports-expose-spying-warehouse-workers-labor-union-environmental-groups-social-movements https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-12-17/amazon-amzn-job-pay-rate-leaves-some-warehouse-employees-homeless https://www.al.com/news/2020/11/bessemer-amazon-warehouse-workers-take-official-step-toward-unionizing.html?fbclid=IwAR29VyHeVHKPmysB73fk2gJa3N6x_u-n494m61lL-x86ck8vqc-i0flGKXchttps://labornotes.org/2020/12/bamazon-union-anticipating-battle-bessemer-alabama https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/13/business/stop-shop-strike.html https://www.winsightgrocerybusiness.com/industry-partners/ufcw-reiterates-call-mask-mandates-hazard-pay-reinstatement https://www.grocerydive.com/news/shoprite-reaches-covid-19-hazard-pay-deal-with-ufcw/589799/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-11-30%20Grocery%20Dive%20%5Bissue:31119%5D&utm_term=Grocery%20Divehttps://www.supermarketnews.com/issues-trends/ufcw-shoprite-reach-deal-covid-19-hazard-pay https://www.ufcw.org/press-releases/ufcw-announces-covid-19-hazard-pay-deal-for-stater-bros-grocery-workers-in-california-as-surge-in-virus-cases-endangers-frontline-workers-nationwide/ https://www.supermarketnews.com/issues-trends/sen-bernie-sanders-ufcw-locals-urge-kroger-restart-hazard-pay https://www.epi.org/publication/how-todays-unions-help-working-people-giving-workers-the-power-to-improve-their-jobs-and-unrig-the-economy Follow The Checkout on Facebook - Instagram - Twitter. Stream The Checkout on Apple Podcasts - Spotify - Stitcher - Google Podcast

45mins

13 Jan 2021

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Episode 26: The COVID Receipts. Part 1 of 3, By Errol Schweizer

The Checkout

Major sources include:https://thefern.org/2020/12/documents-show-scope-of-covid-19-in-north-carolina-meat-industry/https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/11/one-in-six-could-go-hungry-2020-as-covid-19-persistshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/business/hunger-coronavirus-economy/?itid=hp-top-table-lowhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/10/pandemic-shoplifting-hunger/https://inequality.org/great-divide/updates-billionaire-pandemic/https://www.cepr.net/the-24-an-hour-minimum-wage/https://www.epi.org/press/wage-inequality-gender-racial-pay-gap/https://www.marketplace.org/2020/12/08/new-rand-study-quantifies-cost-of-rising-us-inequality/https://time.com/5888024/50-trillion-income-inequality-america/https://www.brookings.edu/essay/windfall-profits-and-deadly-risks/https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/11/18/food-stamps-medicaid-mcdonalds-walmart-bernie-sanders/Please let us know what you think of this episode’s information, format and areas of focus!

45mins

4 Jan 2021

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Episode 16: Errol Schweizer on Taste Radio

The Checkout

We started The Checkout for a few reasons. One, we are food industry lifers and wanted to do a show about food from an insider’s perspective. Two, we felt we needed to center the efforts of working class and BIPOC folks on the frontlines. Three, there is so much injustice and inequity in the food industry and we need to change that. And four, we feel a deep sense of love and solidarity with our colleagues and want to recognize and give a voice to the work they do everyday of the year to feed the world. We hope you enjoy The Checkout and this interview with Ray Latif on Taste Radio.

1hr

13 Nov 2020

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Ep. 228: Errol Schweizer: ‘We Have The Most Work To Do In The Food Industry.’

Taste Radio

There are parts of our interview with Errol Schweizer that might make a few listeners uncomfortable. He knows this, and he’s fine with it. To confront issues of systemic racism, labor inequality and cannabis reform and how they are affecting the food and beverage industry, Schweizer, a veteran food industry insider, trendsetter and entrepreneur, believes that people will need to hear some unsettling stories and statistics. As disconcerting as they are, his goal is to motivate action and change, which is one of the primary reasons that Schweizer co-founded “The Checkout,” a podcast that spotlights diverse voices and stories from across the industry and discusses solutions to create a more just, equitable and resilient food system. Schweizer draws upon his 25-plus year career in the food industry, which includes a decade as the vice president of grocery for Whole Foods where he brought dozens of innovative and disruptive brands to market. Within his role, he helped expand availability of Non-GMO and organic products, advanced fair labor standards and championed the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Since leaving Whole Foods in 2016, he’s been an active advisor to and director of food companies and retailers, including Good Catch, Fairway Market and Good Eggs. He is also a passionate advocate for the legalization and safe use of cannabis, and sits on the board of dispensary chain MedMen and is a co-founder of cannabis-infused beverage brand mood33. As part of our interview, Schweizer spoke about how he evaluates opportunities to align with food and beverage companies, why he once received death threats at Whole Foods for expanding access to a food category and his belief that entrepreneurs behind cannabis-based CPG brands should understand the direct association between the war on drugs, systemic racism and their products. He also explained why he advocates for a $20 minimum wage, the importance of unions in protecting workers, particularly during the pandemic, and how his values and belief system are incorporated into his role as a host for “The Checkout.” Show notes:  0:39: Interview: Errol Schweizer, Co-Founder/Host, “The Checkout” -- Schweizer spoke with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif about what he misses most about “normal life,” how the pandemic has led to new and  positive forms of interconnectivity, why he credits hard work and luck to landing a top role at Whole Foods and the “filters” that dictate his decision to partner with a company or organization. He also discussed why investors of cannabis-based brands must acknowledge and address the impact of the war on drugs on Black Americans and why he advocates for hazard pay and a livable wage for low-wage workers. Later, he spoke about the inspiration behind “The Checkout” and its target audience, how he’s  curating content for the podcast and how he teaches his values to his children. Brands in this episode: Silk, Vital Farms, Beyond Meat, Califia Farms, Siggi’s, Suja, Saffron Road, mood33, Good Eggs, Good Catch, Goodfish, NuttZo

1hr 2mins

29 Sep 2020

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Episode 124 with Guest Errol Schweizer

Take Out With Ashley and Robyn

Errol Schweizerwas born and raised in the Bronx, New York and has nearly 25 years’ experience in Natural and Organic food, starting out in food co-op's, farmer's markets and community supported agriculture. He led the Grocery division at Whole Foods for nearly a decade and was responsible for the merchandising and product assortment for over 75 product categories. He consistently exceeded sales and profitability goals during his tenure by prioritizing ethically and transparently sourced products. His team launched thousands of products into household names (such as Justin's, Suja, Siggi's, Califia Farms and more), helped popularize trends such as Biodynamics and Fair Trade, and helped shepherd over 10,000 items thru Non GMO Verification. Errol was recently named one of the top 25 retail game changers in the USA. Over the years, he has also been an organizer on mandatory minimum drug sentencing, fair labor and environmental justice issues. He is currently a strategic advisor and board member for select retailers and manufacturers, and is on the Board of Directors of Demeter USA and the Non GMO Project.

50mins

11 May 2018