The Price of Rice
Drowning the Grain
The Dark Side of canned Tomatoes
New film: Dignified documentary on the battle of the textile workers
For two Euros any European supermarket can sell you a bag of Basmati rice, but the Indian migrant workers, who carry the heaviest burden, see the smallest profit and remain in poverty.
The Basmati Belt stretches along the foothills of the Himalaya. Here, Indian basmati farmers grow rice for the entire world and every time a bag of rice is sold for 2 euros in a European supermarket, nearly 25 percent of that price will reach the rice farmer and Jogander Singh from Haryana. However, the price of Jogander Singh’s rice is high. When the basmati season is over, and Jogander Singh has paid for the costs for land, seed, chemicals, machinery and labour, he is left with nothing but red numbers and debts.
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Loans with usurious interest rates and aggressive marketing of fertilizer and pesticides imprisons Indians rice farmers in a debt spiral. Those who embarked upon organic rice farming say that the yields are not lower.
Poison is literally surrounding him. As the 25- year-old farmer walks quietly through his field, he sprays toxic pesticides on this years crop of Basmati rice. No gloves or even a mask to cover his skin from the poisonous liquid. We are in Punjab, India, part of the ‘Basmati Belt’ where the majority of the world’s Basmati rice is produced every year and exported to the Middle East and Europe or consumed in India.
Read: Drowning the Grain
Serious exploitation and illegal immigrants behind canned tomatoes
In July-September 2014 Danwatch went through the newest available research and studies on migrant workers in Italy’s tomato plantations in Puglia, Campania and Basilicata. In september 2014 Danwatch conducted interviews with migrant workers in Ghetto di Rignano outside of Foggia in the Puglia region. Danwatch has investigated the supply chain for 16 brands of canned tomatoes. These were chosen because they can all be found on the shelves of the major Danish supermarkets.
The investigation is a cooperation with Forbrugerrådet TÆNK.
Danwatch’s field trip is supported by Amnesty International.
Note: The investigation is in Danish
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Documentary depicts five turbulent years in Bangladesh’s textile industry seen from the workers’ perspective. A proud and self-aware documentary that portrays the workers as human beings instead of victims.
Angry men and women under red flags and powerful protests open the film ‘Udita’. A women says:
“In one factory I succeeded with getting 530 workers organised in a union and we opened an office at the factory. There are four million workers in the textile factories in Bangladesh and we are not stopping until they are all organised in a union”.
There are no passive victims. Only men and women who fight for their rights and unsentimental scenes from their everyday lives.
The directors Hannan Majid and Richard York from Rainbow Collective have filmed in Bangladesh for years and have earlier produced two documentaries: ‘The Machinist’ (2010) and ‘Tears in fabric’ (2013). Their newest documentary ‘Udita’ weaves together recordings from the past two films with new shootings and succeeds in drawing a neat portrait of how the battle for better conditions in the textile industry from 2010 to 2015 is slowly paying off.
Udita, which translates to ‘arise’, is also the story of dawning self-awareness and collective identity in an industry that only really caught the World’s attention after the disaster at Rana Plaza and the fatal fire at the factory Tazreen.
Read: New film: Dignified documentary on the battle of the textile workers
A Poisonous Blend
The Brazilian coffee market is a wild west of toxic pesticides, possibly leading to depressions, suicides and cancer.
Overview: Who Works for Better Conditions in the Textile Industry?
Danwatch documents and discloses the failure of companies to meet their ethical responsibility, but we do not provide solutions for the problems. There are many others, however, who do just that. Get an overview of the Danish actors who work to improve the conditions for textile workers in Bangladesh.
Victims of Factory Collapse Have Waited a Year for Compensation
One year after the Rana Plaza collapse, the victims now receive the first portion of the long-awaited compensation. Several millions, however, are still needed to cover the total expenses.
Mandag Morgen: The Fashion Industry Has Learned Nothing from the Rana Plaza Catastrophe
Mandag Morgen brings a big article about the DanWatch report 'The Tragedy of Textile'. The article collects comments about the report from a number of the most important textile actors in Denmark.
The Tragedy of Textile
Miserable working conditions and ruined lives
Business on Illegal Ground
Danish business in illegal settlements
IT workers in Asia are paying a high price for Europe’s cheap computers
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Working Conditions behind Rubber Products
Canned Pirate Tuna
The EU is stealing tuna from Africa
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