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Agri-groups are fighting anti-child labor bill, group warns

080411_childlabour.jpgA US advocacy organization has accused commodity companies Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill of lobbying against a bill that would protect against child labor practices in supply countries. According to the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), ADM and Cargill are against section 3104 of the Farm Bill, which was put forward in 2007. This particular section calls for the voluntary certification of child labor status in relation to agricultural imports, in an effort to stamp out the practice. However, the ILRF claims that ADM and Cargill have started “an aggressive lobbying effort” in the House of Agriculture for the bill not to be passed. ADM was unable to comment when contacted by, while Cargill did not respond to requests for information in time for publication. The accusation is likely to gather attention worldwide, particularly from ethical shoppers, as ADM and Cargill both pledge sustainable labor practices in their corporate literature. For example, both are members of the World Cocoa Foundation, which supports cocoa farmers in countries like Ghana and the Cote D’Ivoire. Image source: > Continue.

News selected by Covalence | Country: USA | Company: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Cargill | Source: Food

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