Agri lobby against anti-child labour bill
The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) in the US
has accused commodity companies Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill of
lobbying against a bill that would protect against child labour practices in
According to ILRF, ADM and Cargill are against a particular section of the
Farm Bill which calls for the voluntary certification of child labour status in
relation to agricultural imports, in an effort to stamp out the practice.
ILRF claims that ADM and Cargill have started "an aggressive lobbying
effort" in the House of Agriculture for the bill not to be passed.
The accusation is in contrast to their corporate literature in which ADM
and Cargill both pledge sustainable labour practices.
Bama Athreya, ILRF executive director, in an interview with
FoodNavigator-USA.com said that the lobbying by the two companies means that
they do not want to be held accountable for these sustainability claims.
In the past, ADM and Cargill have made promises to support sustainable
sourcing and issues such as child labour and pesticide use.
Farm Bill recommendation
In section 3104 the US Farm Bill calls for voluntary certification of child
labour status of agricultural imports. A standard set of practices is suggested
that will verify that agricultural imports brought into the US are not produced
with forced or child labour.
The bill puts forward several requirements, including traceability and
inspection across the supply chain, stakeholder participation in the supply
chain, and onsite inspection.
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