Foods You’ll Stop Buying Once You Know How They Are Grown

Foods You’ll Stop Buying Once You Know How They Are Grown


Do some research into how some foods are grown
and harvested, and you’ll find terrible things. We’re not just talking about crops that aren’t
environmentally friendly, but also crops that are harvested by slaves, that make entire
communities sick, and some that are the product of animal cruelty. In 2018, a consortium of agencies that included
Oxfam and the International Labor Rights Forum released their Cocoa Barometer. It’s a measure of the state of the cocoa industry
on an agricultural level, and it’s dismal stuff. Not only did falling cocoa prices mean farmers
living in poverty saw their profits drop even lower, but there had been little to no success
in stopping the widespread use of child labor. They estimated more than 2 million children
were working on cocoa plantations in West Africa alone, and that’s staggering. Here are some other numbers. According to one report, the living wage in
the Ivory Coast is $2.51 per day, but cocoa farmers can expect to make around 78 cents. That’s where the necessity of child labor
comes in, and it’s a heartbreaking situation for everyone involved. While some chocolate companies, like Tony’s,
have completely eliminated child labor in their productions lines, others, like Nestle,
are still working on it. Nestle implemented the Child Labor Monitoring
and Remediation System, in which they’re asking farmers to declare the child labor they’re
using so the community can help stop it. Is that really enough? Vanilla is one of the world’s most popular
flavors, and the good stuff comes from Madagascar. Real vanilla pods cost a surprising amount
of money and sadly, according to the research center Danwatch, the people growing and harvesting
the vanilla aren’t actually seeing much of the profits at all. They see so little of those profits, in fact,
that most of the vanilla-growing communities in the Sava region of Madagascar live in terrible
poverty, and still rely on child labor to do a lot of the work. The weeks leading up to the harvest are often
filled with starvation and uncertainty, with many families forced to take out loans, with
astronomical interest, from the “collectors” who ultimately buy their harvests at a fraction
of what it’s worth on the global market. The International Labor Organization estimates
there’s about 20,000 children employed in the vanilla trade as of 2016. Bananas aren’t like most fruit, and they’re
the result of what The Guardian calls “a genetic accident in nature.” They’re all nearly genetically identical,
and that means they all have the same exact vulnerabilities to the same exact diseases. In order to keep banana crops healthy and
productive, there are a ton of pesticides used on many plantations. The Environmental Working Group estimates
there’s an average of 35 pounds of pesticide used on every acre of banana trees. It’s even administered differently than you
might expect: farmers will often put each bunch of bananas into a plastic bag and pump
the pesticides directly into it. Since bananas are peeled before we eat them,
the end consumer doesn’t have to worry too much about the impacts of those pesticides. But those poisons are doing other damage. The chemicals have been found leaching into
the environment and local wildlife, doing harm not only to the animals that live near
banana plantations but the people who work there, too. The pesticides have also been linked to birth
defects and brain damage in the workers and their families, with children living on and
around plantations with high pesticide use suffering the most. You may think of the joy and flavors that
come with every glass every time you pop the cork on another bottle of wine. But unfortunately, the reality of the wine
industry should make you pause before you reach for the corkscrew again. In 2015, a 49-year-old woman named Paola Clemente
died in the vineyards of Italy. The New York Times reported that she’d had
a heart attack, and her death brought a horrible practice to light: the slave labor behind
many Italian wines. Her passing sparked an investigation that
resulted in the arrest of six people, who were accused of transporting and extorting
poor women so desperate for work that they would quietly labor under brutal conditions. They were forced to labor in the fields for
long hours, while being worked so hard that even in the hot summer months they were afraid
to drink water, because they were trying to avoid asking permission to go to the bathroom. Anyone who was late or missed a day wouldn’t
be offered more work. And according to the investigation, Clemente
was often teased because she was so tired and ill she would fall asleep in mid-conversation. Hers isn’t the only death related to this
industry that’s hit the news in recent years. According to The Independent, tens of thousands
of people just like her work 12- and 13-hour days performing back-breaking labor, for an
average of about $30 a day. Demand for soy products has been on the increase,
and according to the World Wildlife Fund, that’s come with devastating consequences. Countries like Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia,
and Brazil produce an ever-increasing amount of soy, and they’re turning more and more
land into soybean plantations to keep up with demand. That’s causing a chain reaction of environmental
impacts, beginning with the destruction of the natural habitats of species like the jaguar. It’s also increasing the amount of soil erosion
happening, particularly around bodies of water. Those rivers and lakes are, in addition, growing
increasingly polluted by runoff from the massive farms, which are also giving off considerable
emissions. When a swath of savannah called the Cerrado
was converted into soybeans farms, estimates from the Brazilian government suggest it gave
off greenhouse gases equivalent to more than half the UK’s total emissions from 2009. There’s social impacts, too. Small farmers are being forced off lands that
are being folded into massive commercial farms, workers are being exploited for cheap labor,
and native tribes who have lived on the land for generations are being threatened by the
relentless deforestation. “Now we live in another world” “My heart aches so much because this world has ceased to exist.” Avocados got really popular, really quickly,
and according to the Brown Political Review, Mexico had earned a profit of roughly $2.2
billion from avocados alone by 2016. That seems like it would be a great thing
for Mexican avocado farmers. But the skyrocketing popularity of this creamy
fruit has also gotten some unwanted attention from drug cartels looking for another source
of income. Some estimates suggest the Los Caballeros
Templarios takes in around $150 million a year from avocado growers, and they’re methods
are simple. They approach farmers, and simply tell them
that if they don’t fork over some cash, bad things are going to happen to them, their
farms, and their families. Not all avocado farms are beholden to the
cartels, although some estimates suggest they control about 10 percent of Mexico’s orchards. Some communities have worked together to kick
cartels out, but others are still being forced to produce what’s become termed as “blood
avocados.” There are other problems, too. Even as the cartels are burning orchards of
farmers who don’t pay, water resources are being absorbed into the industry, huge patches
of forests are being turned into croplands, and entire species are losing their homes. Most of the world’s almonds are grown in California
orchards, and according to Forbes, increasing demand for the product means that more and
more land is being turned over to almond production. In 2016, they found that satellite images
showed around 23,000 acres of land had been covered with almond trees. Unfortunately, 16,000 of those acres had once
been natural wetlands. At around the same time — between 2007 and
2014 — there was a 27 percent increase in irrigation. And, in 2011, California was hit with a catastrophic
drought. The magazine Mother Jones says it takes 1.1
gallons of water to grow a single almond, and the impacts of that are far-reaching. They found that farmers in the San Joaquin
Valley dug a mind-blowing 2,500 wells in 2015 alone, in spite of the fact that since 2013,
the incredible amount of underground water extracted and redirected toward crops — particularly
almonds — has caused massive patches of sinking land. That’s damaged roads, bridges, and other infrastructure,
and it’s severely damaged California’s iconic forests, too. That all makes almonds a delicious, healthy
snack with some catastrophic hidden consequences. In 2017, The Guardian reported on a problem
that was as disgusting as it was widespread. Salmon farmers were fighting a massive problem:
lice. Steel cages containing farm-raised salmon
are ideal breeding grounds for the sea louse, a tiny, many-tentacled creature that survives
by attaching itself to fish and eating its way through the salmon’s skin. It only takes a few lice to kill a fish, and
not only are they widespread, but they spread disease and are resistant to control methods. Pesticides are used to try to control the
lice, and farmers are forced to use antibiotics to stem the spread of disease through fisheries. The immediate consequences are entire bodies
of water that are being contaminated with chemicals. British broadcaster Jeremy Paxman has called
for a complete overhaul of the salmon industry, including more transparency when it comes
to how salmon are raised, writing, “Salmon has long been sold on the prospect
of cleanliness and health. The impression is fraudulent.” Some have also called into question just how
humane the practice of farm-raising salmon is, pointing to the cramped, crowded, and
often disease- and pollution-filled waters fish are forced to live in. When The Guardian interviewed Fernando Ramirez,
leading agronomist at the National University’s toxic substances institute, he revealed something
shocking: in order to grow pineapples, around 44 pounds of pesticides are used for every
2.5 acres — and that’s just the start. The soil pineapples are grown in is often
sterilized completely, during a series of between 14 and 16 different types of treatment. It’s all perfectly legal in Costa Rica, one
of the world’s major producers of pineapples. It’s only gotten worse, and in order to keep
up with demand while keeping costs low, massive plantations have resorted to employing armed
guards to watch over crops and workers, making sure everything moves at a swift pace without
interference. There are an estimated 17,000 armed, private-company
security guards in Costa Rica alone. Those living near pineapple plantations have
been forced to abandon traditional water sources in favor of water brought to them in tankers,
because of the high levels of cancer-causing chemicals now in groundwater. For many, it’s not enough. Villagers can wait days for safe water, or
risk suffering from bone pain, vomiting blood, and blindness in addition to the development
of chronic illnesses that come from drinking water polluted by the pineapple industry. Strawberries are delicious, sure, but they’re
also regularly at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. In 2015 and 2016, strawberries tested by the
Department of Agriculture uncovered an average of 7.8 different types of pesticide on each
sample. Around 20 percent of samples had 10 or more
pesticides. And the worst offenders came with a shocking
22 different pesticides. Overall, they found 81 different types of
chemicals used. Some of those have been banned in Europe because
they’ve been linked to causing cancer, and here’s the thing: Pesticides are applied at
an average rate of 300 pounds per acre, and that’s not the only kind of chemical that’s
applied to strawberry crops. Next, we need to talk about the fumigants. Those are chemicals applied to the dirt to
completely sterilize the soil and kill microorganisms before they can kill the strawberry plants. But some of those substances were developed
as chemical warfare agents. Some are even outlawed under the Geneva Convention. After these fumigants are injected into the
soil, farmers cover their fields with tarps to keep the chemicals away from people. But unfortunately those barriers don’t always
work. In addition to all those chemicals, there’s
also the human cost. When the not-for-profit publication The Conversation
reported on California’s strawberry industry, they found widespread problems that included
low wages for workers, poor working conditions, and shocking water usage. Delicious, but costly. Check out one of our newest videos right here. Plus, even more Mashed videos about important
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100 Comments

  1. Does Nancy Pelosi allow her workers to organize a union in HER vineyards? NO. WHY? Yep, just as I thought. Typical Democrat. Totally selfish with her own money and Overly generous with YOURS.

  2. The children labor is not caused by these foods, it is because of poverty, you stop buying these foods, you think the children can go to school and have happy childhood? They will be forced to find another way to survive first.

    Instead cutting off the buying of foods to cut off their income source, provide a machine, let them make more of these foods with less labor, and buy more from them, so, they do not have to make their children to work at very young age to survive.

    Avoid buying is just trying to make OURSELF feeling like a loving person or guilty free, but it is not helping THEM.

  3. Bless there hearts. I give a shit less about shithole counties whos people cant even understand what civilization is.

  4. Why would I stop eating these foods just because of the process… how about change the policy? What a b.s video. #irrelevant titles

  5. RIGHT
    THE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO WORK
    HOW DARE THEY DESIRE THE FEELINGS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT INTEGRITY WITH SELF RESPECT AND HONOR. !!!!!!!!
    JUST LET THE CHILDREN SIT AROUND IDLE MINDED SO SATAN CAN USE THEM FOR HIS DESTRUCTION ALL THE WHILE DESTROYING THE CHILD !!!!

  6. YOU WICKED CREATURE
    ARE A DISGRACE TO THE HUMAN RACE
    HEAVEN HAS COME TO EARTH AND JUDGEMENT HAS COME FOR THE WICKED , NONE SHALL ESCAPE THE WRATH OF GOD MOST HIGH !!!!!!!

  7. What do you suggest these children do if they're not working? If the parents have to work in the fields all day who will look after their children? This isn't the United States and you can't expect it to be. Children have been working since the beginning of time and there's nothing wrong with it.

    What you deem poverty is just the way they've always lived. How would you like some westerner to come to your area and put you down and tell you you've living a shitty life? #Unreal

    The governments of these countries have sold out their people to companies that use pesticides and nothing you say will change greedy rulers. Same with soy and other mono crops…it's all about the money.

    Some woman in Italy that was treated poorly should make me stop drinking wine? #What?

    Why haven't you brought up the farmers of America who are bullied by major ag companies that sell seed and the chemicals that go on them? Talk about the effects that Monsanto, Dow and others have on your average American. How about the rise in cancer worldwide in our general population? It's not just people in other countries who are suffering, could have a million dollar farm and still be dying just as fast.

  8. Satan is against ask and receive not asking amiss. Satan wants suffering. Why are people wanting what Satan wants?

  9. Avocados i purchased where firm when opened they had a muskie taste like they have been stored for a long period of time and black in areas, They appeared to be be good on the outside but inside they were bad and contaminated.

  10. American leaves there border open for child trafficking and pedophilia crimes. So don't hand us any crap about child labor.

  11. Capitalism and Mass Production Ruined the world…poisoned our Environment and Food Supply (plant, Marine and Animal), And now they charge us more selling us the food that is free from their intervention "as close as it was in the first place"..(Organic, Pasture Raised, Grass Fed, Grass finished) only in the old times there were no labels, the food was like that Automatically….(This World is Fake, Heaven is The Real Deal…)

  12. We need to grow our own food even if we need greenhouses and thermo energy greenhouses to grow our own.

  13. I am going to U T tube to have Mashed a right winged hate speech organization to be shut down.
    I see Trump's rhetoric is spreading like a disease outbreak.

    Please petition with me.

  14. Leftists environmentalists in CA are totally responsible for refusing since 1973 to create the reservoirs needed to service that ridiculously huge population in a mostly arid location where millions of illegals just make everything worse. Pure folly. They will never blame themselves.

  15. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF EVIL. People don't realize that life is short. People rarely make it to 100 years of age. After that ETERNITY where we will receive our just desserts. GOD WILL HAVE JUSTICE PEOPLE. HE WILL. Don't mark my word, Mark GOD'S WORD. THE BIBLE!!!!!

  16. This is another socialist leftist idea, Leave this world alone , This is the only way to keep billions alive around the world, Not everybody can afford organic.

  17. I am just thinking… how ungrateful we are for what Mother Earth gives us. The more food we have the less we care. This commodity will destroy us, wacked people wake up!!!

  18. OK folks. Put the food away and stop eating.
    Actually, a lot of these issues are from capitalist countries that need to profit from exploitation of workers in 3rd world countries.

  19. Vanilla alone is criminal…..do you all know how much 1 vanilla bean costs….and most people by imitation vanilla…..because real vanilla extract is too expensive….I live in Vermont USA and 1 pint of wholesale vanilla costs me $16.00 US monies a pint.
    This is crimanal where is the fair trade in use here. Shame shame shame on you who have blood on your hands.

  20. I can't find any fruit vegetables meat chicken or fish that's not poison dont trust organic foods you don't know FDA lies they sell you out anyone know what grocery stores you can trust all fish I find is from Chile or China

  21. It is their country job to protect these workers. These companies should be penalized of breaking the labor laws. Not us consumers. Is there an international laws?

  22. These corps are just evil when I start my company I will only get what my wages. Any money left will go to employees and honest charities

  23. So I should stop eating chocolate so the POOR, DIE!??
    Make the EMPLOYER'S CHANGE!!
    This has got to be THE MOST STUPID video I have ever seen in my life!!

    NOTHING BUT CONDEMNATION TO END CONSUMERS!

  24. WHAT A "DEBBIE DOWNER"!
    Debbie Downer: Disney World – SNL https://youtu.be/TfE93xON8jk via @YouTube

  25. Yeah, I'm not going to stop eating any of those foods. Go tell those foreign countries to stop what they're doing & to the big companies that control how those foods are grown/raised.

  26. My chocolate tastes sweeter knowing it's been touched by the hands of child slaves. I will ask for more vanilla in my coffee tomorrow knowing that children are not getting paid to harvest and package that vanilla.

  27. No form of government can ever solve this problem as long as population keep on increasing and sooner or later nature will demand justice for human destruction of its invironment due to greediness. Stockfilling of wealth, commercialism, greediness etc. is the result from capitalism thereby creating supply of foods for working people in all cities of this world which they can't produce their own foods except buying it in order to survive. We can't blame this problem to others, the fact is all of us contribute in small or greater way to the destruction of this planet.

  28. Maybe they can model their society like the U.S. Kids no longer work here either. They join gangs and sell drugs. How does that sound?

  29. Ask these workers if they actually want you meddling in their source of income. The arrogance of white SJWs continually blows my mind.

  30. Did you know the u.s.a mutilates the genitals of their children….

    Males only, women are protected by law. Open season on your sons most sensitive multiple orgasm producing organ. Wake up you idiots.

  31. Who are we to change the way of life of another country? Send our DACA, AMERICAN educated and paid for, to these countries and get them on the right track. This is the best thing we can do. DACA should be happy to do this. It will be a payback to America for taking care of them. Also bring other countries to a better place.

  32. Its so weird, the video should give us shock but no because of background music it looks like the make fun of the facts. This is not an entertainment subject. Wrong music…

  33. Yes, it is terrible to have children learning to work and be of help in making the world a better place. Guess you think it better that they be on texting phones and smarting off and showing disrespect to their elders.

  34. So we should quit eating avocados from Mexico because the caballeros are strong-arming them out of part of their money, and we can make sure they are totally poverty-stricken by not buying avocados. Yeah, I'm not seeing how that makes sense.

  35. But then if you stop bying these products altogether, these people only source of income will halt! Is that what you want to do?

  36. Who cares about a country where the women have 15 to 20 babies and the natural conflict resolution is a violent tribal genocide. They should be happy they are employed at all. Fuck off you fucking shill ass libtard assholes. Who gives a fuck about stupid poor people. 6 people and fucking insane dirtbags and the whole industry is bad? Like 1.8% white people that owned slaves during the small period of slavery in America but all white people until the end of time should feel sorry about it????. This channel sucks dick!!!

  37. I’m not surprised a women created and narrated this video. This whole site must be some gynocentric shit hole!!!

  38. The exploitation is ironic considering these are luxury foods which could fetch expensive prices,chocolate is cheap here in the UK.

  39. i think the usually demonized drug cartels are actually the good guys here from the environment's perspective (though could still be better people perhaps) – if you really think about it, their bullying of the farmers who are getting paper money that society gives a value to that tends to be more destructive to the environment like colonial farms that export their resources to the king, or the developed world, imperialistic countries like usa… these seemingly criminal actions of the cartels are actually in effect, a force for local, more sustainable agriculture… though again, it would be better if instead of burning the avocado trees, they focused on transitioning the orchards to a more "permaculture" method of growing food that would diversify what the MADE-TO-BE (by the aforementioned imperialist forces, but NOT actually) poor farmers grow, and of course there may still be other political problems that are normal, but at least a good way to go, you know?

  40. I boykot all those industrial companies with their made chocolates and other stuff like from nestle

  41. I am sick of listening to this shit if big companies were not theiving robbing bastards and pay a reasonble price instead the children would not be slaves..

  42. Hey AOC HOWS YOUR GREEN NEW DEAL GOING TO WORK IN ARGENTINA?! YOU GOING TO GO THERE & FINE THEM. ALL YOU GLOBAL WARMING NUTS, WHAT YOU GOING TO DO TO MAKE EVERYONE COMPLY WITH YOUR NUTTY PROVRAMS?

  43. Soon the creator is going to destroy these food market so bad they won't be able to make money so we may never see these fruits or veggies again.their poisoning the planet for profits.something need to change and it going to change starting today.Big corporation get ready for a melt down

  44. !!!!!Please stop this white men this white men that!!!!, those plantations in west Africa are indigenous and family owned. In West Africa once you turn 8 years old, you'll get a chore to do daily before or after school. It's called building work ethic earlier in life not child labor, this helps a lot in training kids, not to mention it curbs obesity to the highest level. African kids sweat off diseases by just been physically active.

  45. Maybe those people would like to be asked what they think themselves versus some ignorant liberal telling them what to believe? If the liberals had their choice these people would be replaced by robots and then what? Stupid woman!

  46. So Why isn't Cortez talking about these soy farming?????
    Don't support the cartells anymore…is that Why avacados have gone up so much??????
    BOYCOTT avocados…..if you're in a warm climate in America, then just grow yourself. Prayers going out to those farmers growing the lovely avacado! !!!!!

  47. The kids having so much fun and willing to make money rather than playing around for nothing, nobody forces them to work……. I used to be that kind of the kids, 5 to 11 years old at that time seriously willing to work hard as long as I finished my school homework and got home before sunset so please stop the fake news!

  48. WHAT IS THEN AN ALTERNATIVE ?…………..TALKING BOUT TO THIS COUNTRY ALONE THAT EMPLOYMENT IS ONE OF THE MAIN PROBLEM, would you provide without this companies offer, or just donate………….?

  49. I think the people who put the video up, and the narrator should do something about it. Especially since they are exploiting these people as well. Using them as the subject of their video and you tube paying them for its views. And all of you that are argueing, if you feel so strongly about it then go after the corporations and the people who are profiting from it. Not each other.

  50. We need a restucture of how we get the foods. Coco has already has a better system and more companies need to implement it. Soybeans are not even good for you. We need to reduce it out of our diet.

  51. 😭 This is heartbreaking, no food is worth the harms inflicted on others. Personally, I will be having to re-do my diet as an easy 20% includes these foods.

  52. We are told how much people are paid but not the actual value of that money. Just what can they buy, or what standard of living. It cannot be compared to our money. They aren’t going to get rich picking produce in any country. Children in this country had to work to help support the family in the past. My father and his four brothers had to work as young as ten. We are a richer country now so that isn’t part of American life any longer.

  53. I am thankful that poor kids were given the chance to work and get some income.

    The Deme wants them all to migrate into south border??

  54. here's another story (https://youtu.be/61h3M0WlKZg) about how some bananas are grown, which seems to be better…

  55. if you don't want to see children working the simplest solution is give them daily food and shut up your disturbing mouth. that's the way they lived and that's the way you live, they work to eat and you criticized to eat, you talk a lot and they drained their sweat

  56. To be honest, you just can't harvest certain crops or do certain jobs without some hazards. What is a fair wage for ones limbs?

  57. at least they have some work to do and doenst mean they are unhappy people. Kids should start working early age that what make them grow strong and responsable.

  58. I'm already a vegan, so without almonds or soy, wth do you expect vegans to do!! Soon there will be NOTHING AT ALL FOR ANY OF US that doesn't kill us, or impact on the innocent in one way or another!! This is so frustrating!! But I really wonder how much all this kind of information is ACTUALLY TRUE!!?? How much evidence, research, or proof is there…besides pics, videos, or FAKE documents!! 😡😡😡😡😢😢😢😢 Can't people in this world be honest, or provide a safe environment ANYWHERE?? I MEAN WHAT'S THE DAMN POINT!!??

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