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Big business under fire over land grabs

Multinational food and drink companies should do more to ensure the sugar in their products is not sourced on land grabbed from poor communities, according to Oxfam International. The organisation called on Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods, the world’s biggest producers and buyers of sugar, to publicly disclose…

January 1, 2014
Big business under fire over land grabs
Not all is sweet: international companies are accused of indirectly supporting land grabs

Multinational food and drink companies should do more to ensure the sugar in their products is not sourced on land grabbed from poor communities, according to Oxfam International. The organisation called on Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods, the world’s biggest producers and buyers of sugar, to publicly disclose from whom and where they source their commodities.

In Cambodia, 200 families are fighting for land from which they were evicted in 2006 to make way for a sugar plantation. The plantation has supplied Tate & Lyle Sugars, which sells sugar to franchises that manufacture and bottle products for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, according to Oxfam. Last year, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo recorded profits of $10.8 billion and $8.3 billion, respectively.



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