So today we went around to the HUGE fish factories and I realized how much we create the trafficking in the world.
You see great packed fish, sure it’s not fresh from the sea but I tastes really good, is incredibly cheap and it’s easy to get at mega supermarkets, Target or Walmart or Carrefour or Cold Storage or Fair Price. (I’m NOT saying these shops support trafficking)
Do we think about where this food comes from? Do we care?
For us who believe that cows live in supermarkets and think that vegetables grow there too, we often fail to think that what WE demand has a GLOBAL impact. Working with LPN here, in the morning, we would tour these factories that are very large stakeholders in the seafood industry, where there is a lot of demand for migrant workers. And then in the afternoon, we would have lunch at a seafood restaurant. I would always be confused- if LPN was working for labor rights, why were we eating SEAFOOD?
Then I realized – the human trafficking and often abuse that happens in the factories are those for EXPORT. Export to US.
Companies that boast of hiring only Thai workers like to brand such for export, but these too deny Burmese migrants safe jobs. What do we do then? Is our quest for the perfect Fish– i.e. the easy to good and tasty and keeps well- creating a demand for labor abuse? Maybe we are the problem.