Beef imports are ‘subsidised by slave labour’

January 5, 2006

Beef sold in British pubs, hospitals, schools and office catering is likely to come from Brazilian ranches cleared and worked by slave labour, according to a report to be published later this year.

David Ismail, a Perthshire farmer who has been awarded a scholarship by the Nuffield foundation, visited Brazil to research the social conditions under which the growing exports of beef – which are undermining the world price – are produced.

In remote areas where Brazil’s forests are being hacked out of the way for cattle grazing, he found conditions among the homeless labourers and their employers “like the worst scenes in apartheid”. He said: “I was shocked when I found how the growth into Europe of Brazilian beef was causing so many problems in Brazil.”

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