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Fast Food Farmers

September 2009

Investigating the aspect of the ethics of global trade – the treatment of agricultural workers at the other end of our food supply chain

Fast food farmers

Back in 2007 we reported on the growing environmental concern over ‘food miles’ - produce arriving in UK supermarkets often travels long distances to get here, building up a big carbon footprint in the process.

In this new article, we focus on a different aspect of the ethics of global trade – the treatment of agricultural workers at the other end of our food supply chain. From prawn ‘aquaculture’ in Madagascar to Kenyan flower cultivation, a tale of fast-paced work with low wages and harsh working conditions emerges.


KS3 exploration of interdependency between people and places – and thinking critically about how people’s lives are affected by new forms of agricultural work

GCSE teaching of agricultural employment and development issues

AS/A2/IB teaching of development issues associated with trade (AQA), global interactions and agro-industrialization (IB) and the ethics of globalisation (Edexcel)

In the Members' Area:

  • What are working conditions like for agri-business employees in poor nations?
  • What obstacles exist to improving working conditions for agri-business employees?
  • KS3 PowerPoint ' Fast Food Farmers (in far-away places): Case Studies of “Interdependency”

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