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Is There Child Labor in Your Meal?

May 2008

Every person who consumes food in America has a right to know if child or slave labor was used to farm or process the food they eat. But agribusinesses don’t seem to agree.

Our friends at the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) are lobbying for a provision in the pending U.S. Farm Bill that establishes a voluntary certification system in which companies can verify that their products are not made with child and slave labor. But Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) are lobbying intensely to kill the provision. Why? As the ILRF points out, this is a purely voluntary system, and a corporation that is following international law should have nothing to fear.

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