Thursday, June 26, 2014

Victoria's Green Matters - 26th June 2014

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury :How often do you spare a thought for where your food comes from? Sometimes we eat food that has not only travelled many miles to get to us but has been caught, produced or prepared by people who are truly present day slaves.

Anyone who enjoys prawns needs to know that the people that helped to put them onto their plate were trafficked migrants who had been bought and sold. These slaves work for no pay on ships that catch fish of any kind, usually tuna and trash fish (fish too small to be sold), to be ground up and fed to prawns in intensive production on ‘farms’ in Thailand. The prawns are then bought by the world’s largest producer and supermarket supplier, CP Foods. CP Foods supplies the 4 biggest supermarkets around the world – Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco but also supplies Aldi, Morrisons, the Co-op and Iceland. They all sell frozen or cooked prawns or ready meals supplied by CP Foods, which admits that slave labour is part of its supply chain.

Fishing in this way depletes fish stocks and artificially raising prawns by farming them creates pollution let alone the matter of the slave labour used to create this supply but there does not seem to be any action being taken to stop our supermarkets selling these goods.

It is our duty to make sure that if we eat animals of any kind they have been raised without suffering of any kind, man or animal.

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

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