Food Production

Food production in developing countries is closely linked to the consumption of food in developed countries. In 2050 the world will feed 9 billion people, which means great corporate social responsibility demands on companies and investors. DanWatch looks at the consequences of our consumption in the poorest countries.

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Activist receives death threats following Danwatch avocado investigation

The life of a Chilean activist was threatened last week as a result of his involvement in a Danwatch investigation into avocado production and water theft in Chile. “Absolutely reprehensible,” say supermarkets that have been buying avocados from Chile.

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Supermarket avocados take water from local communities

Avocado production in Chile is draining water resources to such a degree that local residents now lack water. In the area where most of Chile’s avocados are grown, a battle is being waged over water rights. At least one supermarket chain has indicated it will change its purchasing policy for avocados from this area.

Investigation

Avocados and stolen water

Avocado production in Chile is draining water resources to such a degree that local residents now lack water. In the area where most of Chile’s avocados are grown, a battle is being waged over water rights. At least one supermarket chain has indicated it will change its purchasing policy for avocados from this area.

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The Hidden Cost of Vanilla: Child Labour and Debt Spirals

Madagascar’s vanilla farmers struggle with serious problems of theft, debt spirals and child labour. A new Danwatch investigation reveals that businesses that sell vanilla in Danish supermarkets don’t know for sure whether or not they are selling stolen goods or vanilla grown using illegal child labour.

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Bitter Coffee – Guatemala

A new Danwatch investigation of Guatemala’s coffee industry reveals serious problems with illegal child labour and signs of forced labour such as armed guards, debt spirals, and confiscation of ID papers. Pricey, high-quality coffee is apparently no guarantee against violations.

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Brazilian coffee is sprayed with deadly pesticides

In Brazil, coffee may be sprayed with pesticides that are illegal in the EU because they are acutely toxic and cause disease. Many workers apply pesticides without sufficient protective equipment, and pesticide poisoning is widespread. Even the drinking water contains traces of these dangerous pesticides.

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You may be drinking coffee grown under slavery-like, life-threatening conditions

Brazil’s coffee industry has serious problems with working conditions that are analogous to slavery, life- threatening pesticides and scarce protective equipment. Danwatch has confronted the world’s largest coffee companies with the facts of these violations. Jacobs Douwe Egberts admits that it is possible that coffee from plantations with poor labour conditions ended up in their products, and coffee giant Nestlé acknowledges having purchased coffee from two plantations where authorities freed workers from conditions analogous to slavery in 2015.

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Bitter coffee

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Coffee workers apply pesticides without protection

Francisco Paulo Pereira used to apply pesticides on a coffee plantation in Minas Gerais in Brazil without protective equipment. Today he is very ill and cannot feel the ground when he walks. Hear him explain how he learned to use pesticide by reading the label on the bottle.

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Coffe workers must sign blank documents

40-50 percent of coffee workers in Brazil are working without a formal contract giving them the right to pension and sick leave. Hear coffee worker Elisabete Vitor da Costa explain how she was forced to sign blank documents instead of an official contract during the coffee harvest in 2014.

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The Dark Side of canned Tomatoes

Serious exploitation and illegal immigrants behind canned tomatoes

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The Price of Rice

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.

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Drowning the Grain

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.

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Precious Beans as Bargain Buy

Ethiopian specialty coffee is big business, just not for the farmers who grow it. With scarce information and low cash-reserves they are easy prey for middlemen and see little of the profits made with the organically grown Arabica bean.

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A Poisonous Blend

The Brazilian coffee market is a wild west of toxic pesticides, possibly leading to depressions, suicides and cancer.

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Big Shrimps, Bigger Problems!

Child labour, forced labour and violence in the shrimp industry

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The Price of Pepper

The farmers pay with their lives

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Toxic Agriculture

Malformations is the price of eggs and bacon

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Speculators of Hunger

Danish banks are betting on hunger

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Canned Pirate Tuna

The EU is stealing tuna from Africa