dal Daily News: Behind tomato production: The long trip of slavery

Behind tomato production: The long trip of slavery

by Paola De Pascali

On the shelves of English supermarkets you will find Italian tomato products. They are essential ingredients, found on the dinner plates of many but few people know about worker exploitation behind the tomato production.

African migrants toil up to 14 hours, gathering tomatoes in Basilicata, a region of southern Italy. They stay in filthy farmhouses without restrooms, potable water and electricity. They are underpaid – 20 euros per day –  below the minimum wage.

They have been considered as “slaves of modern age” by Amnesty International which focused its attention on human exploitation in the food Sector.


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