Sweden -Fair trade certification for berry picking? -August 4, 2012

Wild blueberries are much sought after by the health-food industry: four-fifths of Sweden’s delicious blueberries are exported. However, the confederation of Swedish trade unions (LO) has called berry picking “modern slavery”. LO complains that Sweden has “lost control over workplace conditions as global labour has become a cheap commodity”. When berries are scarce, pickers often cannot cover the costs of plane tickets, food and lodging. Polarica, a big company for frozen berries, has suggested “fair trade” certification, so that consumers can choose berries picked only by workers who have been treated and paid well.

English: http://www.economist.com/node/21559956

 

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