Friday, September 29, 2006

Tomato Puree

You might imagine that the EU is a fairly benign place to work compared to other parts of the world.

I caught this report on the World Service the other night and it was like reading Grapes of Wrath. Migrant workers exploited, beaten,raped and starved. Some African men lived on the tomatoes from the field for three weeks, and were charged 4E a day for water - deducted from their wages! When they begged to be able to buy some protein/meat they were beaten. These people are being worked 15 hours a day in 40 degrees of heat. Listen to the audio report it's horrific.

I know the UK also has its share of dodgy situations so I'm not casting stones, just wondering where our humanity is going.

You have to wonder how much of the food on our plate comes to us through similar circumstances.


Blogger blkbutterfly said...

you know, i read stories like this and all i can do is shake my head. like you said, what is this world coming to? people killed over tomato plants? i see or hear about things like this, and i sometimes have to stop reading or listening, it's just too much. then again, my hearing it is nothing compared to what they lived through.

5:15 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Yes sometimes it is too much, and sometimes I look away. But this got me, simply because history keeps repeating itself, and it seems even tomatoes can be worth exploiting people for.

Some days I hate this world and feel like the misery in it far outways the good. We're in this priviledge bubble and delude ourselves that we are the world. OK rant over!

11:38 am  

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