30 Nov '16, 10pm

There is child labor in your food.

There is child labor in your food. Amnesty International investigators interviewed laborers as young as 8 working on plantations that sell to Wilmar, the largest palm-oil trader. Palm oil goes into bread, cereal, chocolate, soaps — it’s in about half of everything on supermarket shelves . Wilmar previously committed to buying palm oil only from companies that don’t burn down forest or exploit workers. Child labor is illegal in Indonesia. When Wilmar heard about the abuses, it opened an internal investigation and set up a monitoring process. It’s disappointing that Wilmar’s commitments haven’t put an end to labor abuses, but it’s not surprising. It’s nearly impossible to eliminate worker exploitation without addressing structural causes: mass poverty, disenfranchisement, and lack of safety nets. Investigators talked to one boy who dropped out of school to work on a plantati...

Full article: https://grist.org/briefly/there-is-child-labor-in-your-food/

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