The dog meat festival in Yulin – where ten thousand cats and dogs are butchered – is taking place this year, notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic.
The real cost of tomatoes
Il documentario Food Chains racconta le massacranti condizioni di lavoro di un gruppo di braccianti agricoli dediti alla raccolta dei pomodori.
Slavery was abolished by the United States House of Representatives on 31 January 1865. Yet, it still exists, and documentary film Food Chains proves it. It is directed by Sanjay Rawal and narrated by Forest Whitaker, and it tells the story of a group of hired hands in Florida, which are the modern-day slaves. If you wonder if the documentary is a time lapse, the answer is no. Harvesters’ hands move so quickly, in order to pick 480 kg of tomatoes, the amount demanded in an hour.
The hired hands make shifts of 9 hours for an average wage of 42 dollars. “We live squeezed like animals in narrow accommodations,” tells one of the labourers. Degrading conditions hired hands work in are not imposed by farmers, but by fast food chains, restaurants, and supermarkets, whose contract with buyers set the economy of the entire supply chain.
A group of tomato pickers of Immokalee, Florida, fought this demeaning situation, gathering in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Immokalee is one of the United States’ major tomatoes producers, and the coalition, through strikes and boycotts, asked companies to pay one cent more for each pound of tomatoes. The coalition also launched Food Fair, programme that grants elementary human rights once systematically violated, and earning competitive wages to workers.
Some of the major US sellers joined Food Fair, including Trader Joes, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods, as well as fast food giants like McDonald’s and Yum Brands, owner of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. Producers are incentivised to respect Food Fair. In fact, companies have committed to purchasing tomatoes exclusively from farmers who stick to the rules, paying them one cent more per kilo, which is destined to pickers.
To date, the agreements between sellers and producers are limited to tomatoes fields in Florida. In fact, abuses of power, such as scant wages, back-breaking working hours and sex abuse do continue in several areas of the country. However, through his documentary, Sanjay Rawal highlights the importance of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and demonstrates that an ethical agriculture is possible.
Joaquin Phoenix, who won Best Actor at the 2020 Oscars, reminded us that we need to overcome our egocentric view of the world, and rather choose love and compassion towards others and the natural world.
Let’s look at the reasons behind the growth of veganism in India, as a small yet vocal section of the population turns towards this diet and lifestyle in the largest milk producing country in the world.
The 2019 edition of International Mountain Day is “Mountains matter for youth”, highlighting the need to bring young people back to highland areas to take care of their cultural and natural resources.
Thanks to an undercover investigation, two organisations documented multiple violations of animal welfare laws at a laboratory in Hamburg.
Oggi è la Giornata mondiale della tolleranza, proclamata dalle Nazioni Unite per ricordare i principi ispiratori della Dichiarazione universale dei diritti dell’ uomo.
Saving soil, water, greenhouse gases and animal lives without giving up the taste of meat. This is Beyond Meat’s gamble. We spoke to chairman Seth Goldman about why the switch to plant based meat alternatives is paying off.
Norway, which was once Europe’s top fur producer, has decided to ban the production of fur and phase out all fur farms in the country.
Refusing the anthropocentric vision and respecting the laws of ecology is the only way to safeguard the future of our and all other species. The editorial by Paul Watson, President of Sea Shepherd.