Fresh produce buyers should consider labor practices - The Packer

Fresh produce buyers should consider labor practices

12/05/2011 03:21:00 PM
Tom Karst

In  my inbox today was a report about forced labor in Argentina blueberry fields. From the story on Fresh Fruit Portal.

     Argentine police have detained five men following a slave labor bust on a blueberry farm in the Buenos Aires province, website Pagina12.com.ar reported.  

The story reported 95 workers, including 11 minors, were discovered in inhumane conditions in the investigation of a San Andrés de Giles property and nearby blueberry exporter Baldones SA.


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Hannah Freeman    
WA  |  December, 09, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Thanks for talking about this issue. Coerced labor or slave labor in agriculture is far more common than we'd like to believe and far more subtle than we might expect, which makes it harder to detect. Well trained inspectors and thorough audit practices are needed to uncover these practices. I'd like to clarify that this blueberry operation is certified by IMO's Fair for Life program and has no relation at all to Fair Trade USA or FLO. IMO uses different standards, certification processes and auditors. Any questions/doubts about Fair Trade, please get in touch with me, hfreeman@fairtradeusa.org

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