10 Oct '11, 11am

Tainted tomatoes: who can we blame for the 'slavery' behind our food?

Tainted tomatoes: who can we blame for the 'slavery' behind our food?

major Ecologist investigation into the horticulture sector – focussing in particular on the often-unreported stories of those picking the fruit and vegetables we eat – I've just returned from southern Italy where a good deal of our tinned tomatoes (and other processed tomato products) originate. Whilst there I was secretly taken to one of numerous slums hidden deep in Basilicata's arid countryside (similar places are dotted acoss Puglia and Campania too). The grim collection of shacks I visited are home to some of Europe's so-called 'tomato slaves' – mostly migrants from impoverished west African nations, a few from Eastern Europe – trying to scratch a living harvesting the region's abundant tomato crop. I discovered that life for these men (from places such as Ghana, Birkina Fasa and Ivory Coast), and as many as 50,000 others like them, is blighted by shocking levels of e...

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