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TAKE ACTION to stop supermarkets abusing their buyer power!

Ecologist

30th May, 2012

If you have bought bananas or pineapples in a supermarket recently did you know that many of the workers that plant, pack and grow them live in poverty?

Supermarkets are the most powerful actors along banana and pineapple supply chains. They can make enormous profits by abusing this power and paying unsustainably low prices to their fruit suppliers.

For hundreds of thousands of workers in Latin America and Africa this can mean: 

•    Failure to respect their fundamental human rights

•    Not earning enough to feed their families properly or cover other basic household needs

•    Poor working conditions

•    Inadequate health and safety standards, including exposure to toxic agrochemicals, as well as environmental pollution and damage.

Small farmers also suffer, as many are forced out of business when the prices they are paid fail to even cover costs of production.

The Make Fruit Fair! campaign is asking the EU to regulate supermarket buyer power to reduce these negative impacts on workers, small farmers and their communities in the South.

Sign the petition to regulate supermarket buyer power and Make Fruit Fair!

http://stopsupermarkets.makefruitfair.org.uk/

 

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