Blood, sweat and development

Adam Smith Institute
by Andrew Hutson

05/21/09

The latest high-profile BBC show, ‘Blood, Sweat and Takeaways,’ is a series of documentaries looking at how consumerism in the west is leading to poverty and exploitation within the Asian food industries, the first episode focussed on the Indonesian tuna industry. As can be expected with the BBC this show only presents half the debate. It puts across a very tainted view of the situation; it implies that we are demanding cheaper and cheaper food in greater quantities than before. In order for this food to be produced, workers in foreign countries need to be exploited. It hints at a neo-colonialist world where Asian producers are at the beck and call of our demands at whatever human cost. The evidence in the show is worrying, but the arguments are not conclusive...

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