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The Fairness Gap: Farmer Incomes & Solutions to Child Labor in Cocoa
Publication Date: December 17, 2014
Source: International Labor Rights Forum
Author: Adeline Lambert
When reports began to emerge in the mid-1990s about poor labor conditions in the cocoa industry, including labor trafficking and the worst forms of child labor, no major chocolate maker was willing to accept responsibility.
International Tribunal Demands GM Maize Ban in Mexico
DEC 11, 2014, MEXICO CITY—The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal has called on the Mexican government to ban the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize in the country. The decision cited the importance of maize as one of three principal staple crops globally, which millions depend on. The Tribunal, which considered evidence gathered over three years from over 1000 organizations on this and other issues, also highlighted the importance of Mexico as the centre of origin of maize globally.
Global Witness seeks Executive Director
London,UK
Open until: no later than 0900 GMT on 1st December 2014.
Posted: November 9th, 2014
Food Chain Alliance Featured Member:The Street Vendor Project
http://foodchainworkers.org/?p=25
The Street Vendors Project (SVP) is a member-based organization with nearly 2,000 vendor members working together to ensure the rights of street vendor operators in New York City. In partnership with the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit that provides legal advocacy and representation for marginalized New Yorkers, the Street Vendor Project was founded as a workers center for and by the street vendors of New York City. With over 40 affiliates in the United States, the SVP is also a member of an international alliance of street vendors who promotes solidarity and equal rights for street vendors around the globe.
Dole: demand that Natural Food Ltd and the president of the Thai Pineapple Industry Association drop the charges against human rights advocate Andy Hall."
Eight years in prison and a $10 million fine. That’s what Andy Hall is facing right now -- just for exposing multiple human and labour rights violations including child labour, passport confiscation, forced work, violence and abuse in a Thai pineapple factory.
Stop Monsanto's Smoke and Mirrors!
Can you help us raise $250,000 by September 15, to support Oregon, Colorado and other state labeling campaigns? Your donation will help us counter Monsanto’s massive lobbying and disinformation campaigns in Congress and the mass media. Details on how to donate online, by phone or by email here.
The Sugarcane Industry and the global economic crisis
by Maria Luisa Mendonça, Fabio T. Pitta and Carlos Vinicius Xavier TNI
An examination of ethanol production in Brazil, highlighting the role of financial capital, the territorial expansion of agribusiness and the impacts on labour relations and indigenous peoples and peasant farmers. application/pdf iconThe Sugarcane Industry and the global economic crisis (PDF 2.11MB) In rural Brazil, we have observed that the expansion of monocropping for the production of agrofuels, namely sugarcane ethanol, continues. Ethanol made from sugarcane is said to be Brazil's main source of agro-energy, considering the volume produced, the total area used for sugarcane production and the amount invested in the expansion of the sugar-energy industrial park. Described as a process to open new frontiers, the expansion of sugarcane production has been concentrated, in terms of production volume, in the Centre-South region, principally in the States of Minas Gerais, Goias and Mato Grosso do Sul, Parana and Sao Paulo.
US FDA recognises all toothfish as Chilean Seabass
COLTO
COLTO thanks the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for updating their USA “Seafood List” which contains approved market names for all species of fish, to ensure both species of toothfish can legally be sold as “Chilean Seabass” in the United States. In April 2013, the US based environmental organization Oceana published a report “Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide”. That report cited ‘widespread’ mislabeling of Chilean Seabass and implied that fraud was occurring in the USA market.
BIG NEWS for the Big Apple: NY Bans Shark Fin Trade!
by by Justine SullivanOceana
Shark finning is a brutal practice: Fishermen haul live sharks onto boats where their fins are sliced off, and the sharks are then thrown back into the water, alive, to drown or bleed to death. While shark finning is banned in the U.S., the demand for shark fins is allowing this brutal practice to continue outside our waters. Current reports estimate that over one hundred million sharks are killed every year, most only for their fins, which are often used in shark fin soup. Once an Asian delicacy reserved for the wealthy, now, with a growing middle class, shark fin soup has become common fare at weddings, banquets and business meetings. A bowl can cost up to $320, making the fins easily the most lucrative part of the shark. Shark fin has little to no taste, and merely contributes texture to shark fin soup.
15 Websites Saving the Environment by Changing the Food System
by Griffin Greenberg and Nicki Meierfoodtank.org
Each of these 15 websites deals with major problems in the food system, exploring the complex relationship between food and the environment. Please share this list with friends and family to spread knowledge of how food choices impact the environment.

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