China Not Sole Source of Dubious Food

I have heard people in the grocery stores begin to check where
products are coming from and are shocked to find food coming from all
corners of the world.  It is a reality check for people who assume that
the food we consume would come from the US (though I could rant for
days how the notion that food is labeled "Product of the USA" doesn't
in any way give it a pass since we know that corporatization of US
agricultural has meant a lowering of standards).

Here is my quick and dirty take on all of it:

Bananas, Globalization, and Being There...

By Raechel Tiffe, who recently visited Guatemala with STITCH's Women's Leadership Delegation

The air in Morales, Guatemala is hot. More than hot, the air in Morales Guatemala would be more suitably compared to how it must feel to camp out in a 150 degree oven, wrapped up in a wet woolen blanket. But amidst this rural Central American landscape also rests a town owned by the transnational
banana corporation, Del Monte. It is here where many of the Del Monte workers live, leaving them always in the palm of Del Monte's clean, unlabored hands.

What do Shakira, the Teamsters, Uribe and the Clintons have in common?

In order to change Colombia's and his own image, Uribe has enlisted the help of several public relations firms to respond to the latest news on Colombia and distort the country's human rights record in order to assuage the serious concerns about US support for Uribe's government.  One of those firms is Burson-Marsteller and is headed by Mark Penn (former clients include the Argentine military junta, Union Carbide and Royal Dutch Shell).  Penn was an adviser to former President Clinton and is currently a top adviser to Hillary Clinton.  Clinton just received letters from the presidents of the Teamsters and UNITE-HERE unions protesting

"If you don't know where you want to go, any road will get you there"

This was certainly enough to pique my interest.

Beneath the caption was a statement declaring that the alleged threat
to African Americans comes from documented and undocumented immigrants.
He went on to suggest that any notion of legalizing undocumented
workers was a slap in the face of African Americans.
The ad is associated with a group called the "Coalition for the Future American Worker."

Fair's attack is not surprising, although the virulence and historical
nature of it is very unsettling, particularly because it is bound to
strike a chord among many African Americans.

Trade Pressure Used to Support Workers

Philips- Van Heusen plant in Guatemala

The first time Guatemala was placed under review (probation) for eligibility of GSP benefits was in 1992 after US/GLEP (before the name changed to USLEAP) and nine other U.S. human rights, trade union and religious groups filed a worker rights petition with the support of the Guatemalan trade union movement. The AFL-CIO also filed a petition.


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