Magazine article New Internationalist

Italy's Unfair Harvest

Magazine article New Internationalist

Italy's Unfair Harvest

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An investigation by TheEcologist has revealed the shocking living and working conditions of migrants harvesting oranges in southern Italy. Reporters visited the small town of Rosarno, in Calabria, where some 2,000 migrants arrive each winter to pick the harvest for just $33 a day.

Many of the migrants enter Italy illegally in search of work and are soon exploited by gangmasters who recruit them on behalf of farm owners.

Most of the fruit they harvest is processed into concentrates for juice and soft drinks. Campaigners have contacted transnational food and drink firms, including Coca-Cola, which produces Fanta, urging them to pay a fair price for the oranges - the market price has fallen below the cost of production, forcing down the wages farmers are willing to pay their workers. …

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