Food and Beverage industry

“For the past century the food and beverage industry has used cheap land and labour to produce the least expensive products possible – often of low nutritional value- while maximising profits. Costs like the impact of drained water resources, rising greenhouse gas emissions, and exploitative working conditions have remained off company ledgers, while the industry and its shareholders have prospered.

Today, 450 million men and women labour as waged workers in agriculture, and in many countries, up to 60 percent of these workers live in poverty. Overall, up to 80 percent of the global population considered „chronically hungry‟ are farmers, and the use of valuable agricultural resources for the production of snacks and sodas means less fertile land and clean water is available to grow nutritious food for local communities. And changing weather patterns due to greenhouse gas emissions – a large percentage of which come from agricultural production – continue to make these small-scale farmers increasingly vulnerable.”1

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