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The Darkest Side of the Food Chain

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Touch the Soil News #722  One of the things we like to refrain from is too much negative news. However, we came across information today that kind of pushed things over the top. We’ve been covering the scandals surrounding JBS SA – the world’s largest meat company. Headquartered in Brazil, the company and its two top executives Joesley and Wesley Batista have been found guilty of spending $112 million in recent years to bribe 1,900 government and other officials. Meat inspectors were bribed to look the other way as spoiled and tainted meat was pushed into the food chain and exported around the world. For more information see our News…

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Unbelievable – Slavery in Asia’s Fishing Industry

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Touch the Soil News #186 From a 9/17/15 news release by the Associated Press, journalists Esther Htusan and Margie Mason report on the recent release of fishermen illegally trafficked and conscripted to brutal conditions aboard Thai trawlers. Some of the men have been held against their will for 5 to 10 years – threatened with their life if they attempted escape. An Associated Press story in March of this year tracked fish – caught by men who were savagely beaten and caged – to the supply chains of some of America’s biggest food sellers such as Wal-Mart, Sysco and Kroger. The “slavery” caught fish went into popular brands of pet…

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