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Pepper: How Our Favourite Spice Is Tainted By a Deadly Legacy

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From India to Indonesia pepper farmers are increasingly vulnerable to harvest failures, food price crashes and price fixing


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lee e (114)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 3:18 pm
thanks for keeping me informed - I try to get FTA products, but wouldn't have thought about pepper!

. (0)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 3:42 pm
Farmers in India committing suicide has been a tragic situation for years. To end your life over pepper trade, is so sad, nearly pathetic.

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 5:07 pm
sadly noted, thanks Cal

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Thursday January 26, 2012, 8:35 pm

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Thursday January 26, 2012, 11:23 pm
I knew coffee and chocolate farmers were very much taken advantage of and I can well do without either. But pepper. I will have to be careful of the products I buy because I really don't know how to cook without it.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Friday January 27, 2012, 4:47 am
Actually my favorite spice is oregano, but the fact is that for any product, we need to become more aware of its origins and all the processes involved in its journey from the ground or its raw materials to us.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 27, 2012, 4:54 am
sadly noted

Past Member (0)
Friday January 27, 2012, 6:33 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Barbara DeFratis (21)
Friday January 27, 2012, 6:38 am
Sadly noted, Thank you. Now I am so glad of all the spices I use--I use pepper the least.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday January 27, 2012, 7:29 am
Such a depressing article. Such a hard life. When i think about all the billions and billions of dollars the 1% have (and will never even use) and how much good it could do, I feel sick to my stomach! It figures there are always sharks out there ready to take advantage of others misfortunes to rob them bilnd and squeeze everything ( even their lives) out of them. So pathetic!!

Erika M (0)
Friday January 27, 2012, 8:11 am

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Friday January 27, 2012, 9:45 am
I don't think I can look at my pepper mill the same way again. This is why the consumers should always try and buy FAIR TRADE..... which may help alleviate suicides.

This article is depressing, nevertheless this is the very dark side of oour food production which needs to be highlighted so that we as consumers can understand the plights of pepper farmers and buy wisely.

Thank you Cal for this very worthy news.

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Friday January 27, 2012, 9:46 am
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Carmen S (611)
Friday January 27, 2012, 9:52 am
thanks for sharing this Cal

Terri Hughes (416)
Friday January 27, 2012, 1:17 pm
This is so sad these people have to live in fear. This is NOT right. ''GREED''....rears it's ugly head AGAIN.

Macy K (32)
Friday January 27, 2012, 1:34 pm
sadly noted.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday January 27, 2012, 2:16 pm
I do not use pepper. Noted.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday January 27, 2012, 4:03 pm
It's terrible that greed has such devastating results on these poor people.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday January 27, 2012, 4:08 pm
Oh wow...! No wonder doctors say pepper is bad for you. Glad I'm not a pepper user.

jayasri amma (10)
Friday January 27, 2012, 4:36 pm
noted thank you

William Y (54)
Friday January 27, 2012, 5:53 pm
Greed rears its ugly head again.

Sue Matheson (79)
Friday January 27, 2012, 9:17 pm

Marianna Molnar (9)
Friday January 27, 2012, 10:19 pm
thanks for sharing

Friday January 27, 2012, 10:34 pm
Very, very sad thanks for sharing Cal

Friday January 27, 2012, 10:56 pm

james larkin (18)
Friday January 27, 2012, 11:12 pm
Very well written and informative article. So sad that hard working people have to exist like this. What can we do to help?

Sharon Balloch (127)
Saturday January 28, 2012, 5:08 am
Thanks for the information... we can not help if we do not know.. and I did not know about pepper..thanks

colleen p (38)
Saturday January 28, 2012, 5:57 am
but no wolves were hurt right?

Darlene W (289)
Saturday January 28, 2012, 11:18 am
Noted and thank you for the article. I do not use pepper at all, try to use only local herbs and spices for cooking and canning. Maybe money ought to be outlawed and we go back to the old days of helping each other. Boy oh boy--wouldn't those with money have some problems--who the hell would want to help most of them who don't give two hoots for us. No reason why we can't trade goods and a helping hand with each other to get through. Necessity is what matters, not luxury. Blessings to all.

Romila Lal (9)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 7:46 pm

Mary S (12)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 7:20 pm
Thanks Cal, I appreciate the info. I will have to look into where my pepper comes from. It matters more than I expected.
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