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Monday, July 14, 2003

:: Banana price war threatens workers + the environment ::
UK charity Bananalink has produced a fascinating summary of the social + environmental consequences of a price war Asda has sparked between UK supermarkets over the price of bananas.

Because supermarkets are such powerful buyers, and are not prepared to reduce their own profit margins, they are forcing their suppliers to make them more competitive...

This refusal to share price competition along the entire supply chain, can mean growers are forced to sell their produce at a loss, threaten the livelihoods of workers and the maintenance of environmentally sustainable farming practices.

All good reasons to buy fair trade produce + make sure that a fair price is paid to the person who grows your food!