Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Banana terrorism

There's been quite a bit of coverage of everyone's favourite food company Chiquita and its payments to the right-wing paramilitaries of the AUC in Columbia. For instance here's the Beeb's report. What I didn't realise is that they were giving money to the FARC too. So it was more like a protection racket (often happens when politicos get guns doesn't it?) than political support for right-wing nutters.

It also reminded me of a great NGO called Banana Link who do a lot of work trying to improve working conditions in the banana industry. At one point they were considering trying to talk to investors (Chiquita is a listed company for example) but I'm not sure where that is at. Worth supporting.

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