Friday, August 26, 2011
Calling Ceasar Chavez
I just read a very disturbing report from Human Rights Watch concerning the conditions of grape farmers in South Africa. The 111 page report details workers being housed in pig stys and outhouses, spraying pestacides without safety gear, and being harassed and threatened when they ask for more. A shortage of state inspectors and a rule providing advance notice of inspection work against amelioration. The full report is available at http://www.hrw.org/reports/2011/08/23/ripe-abuse. I will post updates and responses from the SA wine industry.