CrunchyNut Cornflakes – Child Slavery Edition

This seems relevant to those who have heard Matt Ridley (The Rational Optimist) talking on podcasts about the evils that lurk behind palm oil production.

Amnesty International have released a new report, “The Great Palm Oil Scandal“, on child labour and other exploitation on palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Amnesty state… “The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia. … Kellogg’s uses palm oil in products like CrunchyNut clusters, Pop Tarts and Nutri-Grain.”

There’s an opportunity here to start a wider debate about more than just ‘how ethically is this stuff grown’ to ‘why is this stuff grown’ and the wider ramifications of bio-diesel of the sort that Ridley has talked about.