Oxfam goes ‘Behind the Barcodes’ to expose the working conditions of the people producing the food on our supermarket shelves.
Oxfam scored the UK’s six leading supermarkets on the human rights of those producing food. At the bottom of the table were Aldi and Morrisons, with Tesco coming out the best. However, Oxfam says “while some of the following are doing better than others, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi all lack sufficient policies to properly protect the human rights of the people they rely on to produce our food.”
The scorecard accompanies Oxfam’s new report Ripe for Change which explores new research around why people who grow our food are going hungry. The report found that small scale farmers and workers often don’t earn enough for a decent standard of living. Where women make up most of the workforce the gap is even bigger. In South Africa, over 90% of surveyed women workers on grape farms reported not having had enough to eat in the previous month.
Among Oxfam’s findings:
Oxfam are asking people to send an online letter to their supermarket calling on them to improve their policies.
“Human suffering should not be an ingredient in our food
From vegetable pickers on Italian farms, to women peeling prawns in Indonesia, millions of people who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions. All this despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry.”
Sustain campaigns for a food and farming policy which benefits the environment, health, animals and farm workers. Sustain also runs the Food Power campaign which is an exciting new programme working with local communities across the UK to strengthen their ability to reduce food poverty.
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