Offenses committed by these companies include: sweatshops, human and animal rights abuse, water pollution, price fixing, deadly chemicals and irresponsible or unethical waste management and others.
These are just our opinions, feel free to tell us why you do or don’t agree by sending an e-mail.
Baumaux – For those of you who don’t know Kokopelli, they’re a French-based seedsaver organisation who maintain 2500 varieties of rare and endangered vegetables and run several charitable initiatives in developing countries. Their work is vital and indefatiguable. Unfortunately it’s also illegal, due to the preposterously backward seed laws in Europe, and this has now resulted in them being clobbered with a €35,000 fine. The gist of it is that Kokopelli were hounded through the courts by a commercial seed company, Baumaux (shame and damnation on them) because their catalogue of thousands of unique heirloom vegetables gave them an “unfair trading advantage”. – http://daughterofthesoil.blogspot.com/search/label/Rants
Cumberland Poultry – for selling layer cages for chickens. Layer cages are used to keep chickens confined and allowing for automated egg collection, which means thousands of chickens cooped up without access to the outside. Disgusting!
Goldi Chicken South Africa – chickens are not free range, kept indoors. Click here to see a picture of a Goldi chicken contract farmer we found on Facebook
Johnson and Johnson
Karan Beef – South Africa
Many Chinese companies
Nestle: this company is on too many boycott lists to mention and has a lot of bad press, most recently regarding a water scandal where they arranged a deal to pay next to nothing for water – as if they weren’t making enough profit already.
I’m surprised that you didn’t touch on the main reason I boycott Nestle.
They notoriously over-promote and push formula on women in third world countries. These women are told that formula is better for their babies and given free samples. Unfortunately, in the process they stop lactating and don’t have money to buy more formula. So they start thinning out the formula to make it stretch. Clean water is also hard to acquire, so they’re basically starving their own babies and feeding them dirty water instead. All because of Nestle’s formula push.
Nulaid Eggs – caged eggs (chickens permanently kept in cages with no space to move or stretch), end of lay chickens in disgusting state after reaching their “shelf life” as exposed in news article,
Optimum Coal Mine
Optimum Coal Mine
Pick n Pay -still selling banned rat poisons “Pick n Pay, in remarks attributed to merchandise director Kevin Korb, told noseweek that “there is a customer demand for the product and [it] is also stocked by our opposition”. In other words: “We’re making money and everybody else is killing wildlife and pets, so why can’t we?” http://www.noseweek.com/article.php?…46f25aa365324d
Activist page with petitions where you can vote against or donate towards the fight against sow crates and other cruelties.
Modern meat chickens (broilers) are genetically modified to grow extra large in a really short amount of time. This puts such stress on their organs and bones that they sometimes get leg deformities, further reducing their ability to move. They are so heavy they sit a lot, and this results in sores from their feces. To further compound the problem they are often so squashed together they couldn’t really run around and get exercise even if they were able to move.
Switching to free range chicken helps a little because even if the free range chicken breeds are the same ones above (intensively genetically engineered), they have a bit more exercise and a better quality of life. Ask your free range chicken supplier what breed – if it is a breed like Boschveld, Koekoek, Australorp or any of the other non GM breeds then this meat is a bit better as these chickens grow at a normal rate.
Pork farming is just as bad. Many farms use sow crates. This confines the sow (female pig) to a tiny pen that she can’t even move around in. She is confined in this cage for almost her whole life, solely to breed, like a machine.
The picture below is a particularly bad case
Beef farming is almost as bad. Look at the following picture
This picture is a typical feedlot and this is how most beef is produced. There are hundred of thousands of animals – this picture is just a small fraction! As you can see, there is absolutely no shelter from the sun or elements. All the animals are fed a maize-based feed which fattens them up as quickly as possible. This diet is not natural for the animals.
Even if animals are free range, they are usually mass slaughtered and many cows are terrified wrecks while they wait in line to die. There are videos of them being viciously poked in the eyes and even pushed along the ground with forklifts because they are so scared and wont cooperate.
Mass slaughter means that some animals aren’t stunned properly or their throats aren’t slit cleanly so they either lie in pain dying slowly or they get thrown in vats of boiling water while still alive.
Below are some videos of factory farming, Youtube is full of them. Seeing pictures is one thing, actually watching the videos and hearing the animals is more than most decent people can handle. Please go vegan or at least only buy free range, preferably from your local farmer who has a family to support. South African Unethical Pig Farm
Meet Your Meat: PETA video
Can You Handle The Truth?
http://youtu.be/xcvVAlXnzno Many cows suffer greatly in the worldwide beef, dairy and veal industries. Here is some information on typical factory farming methods used around the world:
Quick Facts Cows can live to 25 years, but beef cows are generally killed at just one to three years of age. While beef cows begin their lives grazing on pasture, most spend their final months standing in their own waste in a barren feedlot devoid of pasture or shelter. On feedlots, beef cows often suffer from severe digestive disorders caused by the unnatural diet they are forced to consume. The Basics Cows raised for meat are the only factory farmed animals still raised largely outdoors. However, this does not mean they have easy or pain-free lives. They are branded and castrated without painkillers, may have their horns removed without painkillers, and live outdoors amid all weather extremes. Between the ages of six months and one year, beef cows are sent to live their last few months in feedlots with hundreds or even thousands of others. Without pasture and often without shelter, the cows must stand in their own waste, and sometimes mud and ice. To increase their weight, they are fed an unnatural grain diet that is very hard on their bodies, causing illness, pain and sometimes death. Dairy Cows
Quick Facts Today’s dairy cows each produce about 100 pounds of milk per day—10 times more than cows living just a few decades ago. This is due to bovine growth hormones, unnatural diets and being bred selectively for massive milk production. 75% of downed animals are dairy cows. About 9 million cows are being used for milk production in the United States at any given time. read the rest of the article at: http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/farm-animal-cruelty/cows-factory-farms Related Links
Legal Protections for Farm Animals While most Americans expect our laws to protect farm animals, the reality falls far short. Animals raised for food are among the least-protected class of animals in our nation. The U.S. has no federal laws protecting farm animals while they’re actually on the farms where they are raised.
Making Welfare-Conscious Choices We believe that farm animal suffering can be reduced through expanded education about more humane farming methods, smart shopping, and reduced consumption of animal products. At every step of their lives, farm animals must be treated with compassion and protected from suffering.
The ASPCA and Farm Animals Since 1866, the ASPCA has worked to stop cruelty to animals involved in the food production process. The industry has fallen into the hands of large corporations, and the issue of cruelty remains. The ASPCA continues its efforts to create distress-free lives for the many animals raised for food.
Pigs on Factory Farms The U.S. raises some 100 million pigs for food each year, virtually all in factory farms. Industrial-scale pig farms are known for their intensive, inhospitable conditions. Pigs can live up to 15 years, but most of those raised on factory farms are slaughtered at just six months.
Birds on Factory Farms Birds are by far the most abused type of animal in the United States. Roughly 8.5 billion chickens are killed for their meat every year, while another 300 million languish in tiny cages producing our country’s eggs. All birds are excluded from all federal animal protection laws.
Farm Animal Cruelty Glossary Billions of farm animals nationwide suffer under inhumane conditions on factory farms, which are large, industrial operations that raise large numbers of animals for food. Read these terms to find out more about the cruel practices associated with factory farming. Earthlings Free Range chickens – this label can be misleading!
Crammed in: Chickens are huddled into a barn in a free-range farm
Look for “pastured” or “grass-fed” labels as sometimes an unethical farm can label their eggs as free range because there is an open door to go outside, but outside there is just a cement courtyard or something. Animal cruelty charges for ex-agriculture MEC
August 14 2009 at 08:56pm – www.iol.co.za
If you are still reading this, you deserve a medal for bravery! Here are some pictures of free range farming to help you feel a bit better
We get a lot of brokers and companies trying to offer their products to us. Some of these we verify and add to our database as Grade 2 listings, but many just don’t meet those initial requirements which are:
web presence and company e-mail account
detailed product origin information, pictures
knows who the end supplier/title holder is
This does not in any imply that these companies or individuals are not genuine or capable of delivering,only simply that they are in our system but not listed in our database due to more information being required.
Grade 2 – Unverified
These companies passed the initial requirements and seem more than capable of delivering on their product offers.
Grade 1 – Verified
These are Fortune 500 companies and companies that supply other major known distributors.
Please report any fraud to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do your due diligence!
To prevent people using our documents or look alikes to defraud people, please make sure you call Lara +2771 484 5295 before making any payments as Ethical Suppliers does not sell commodities directly anymore except under certain circumstances.
This is one of the world’s largest activist groups. They have managed to make some real changes such as ending the flogging of a rape survivor, ending the slaughter of fin whales, stopping a global tax scam, getting major clothing manufacturers to improve their safety – so much more! Read about their victories here
The NSPCA does an enormous amount of work in fighting unethical farms and animal cruelty. Please support them by making a donation to the acc details below:
ACCOUNT NAME – NSPCA
ACCOUNT NUMBER – 201 032 0015
ACCOUNT TYPE – CURRENT
BANK – STANDARD
BRANCH – ALBERTON
BRANCH CODE – 006 405
Overview The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) campaigns against the genetic engineering, privatization, industrialization and corporate control of Africa’s food systems and the commodification of nature and knowledge. It supports efforts towards food systems that are equitable and ecologically sustainable, built upon the principles of food sovereignty/agro-ecology. The ACB provides research, policy, analysis, advocacy and knowledge sharing.
DeltasaadMaize Bred to suit all kinds of Climates in SA, for Commercial & smaller Crops:(100% uncontaminated, gmo-free)Contact Willie VisserMarketing Managerhttp://www.deltasaad.co.za/Phone: 083 260 5224(gm-free Soy will be ready for 2014 growing season)
Organic seeds available to order from Emma Kelly:Inbox your orders to: https://www.facebook.com/token.celeFor complete List, please Email: email@example.comList of seeds – changing as the seasons all the time:Maize: White, Popping, Sweetcorn.Maize (limited): Rainbow Inca, Blue, Bloody Red.Greens: Spinach (Sea Bolt), Swiss Chard, Rainbow Spinach etc.Beans: Red Speckled Kidney, White, Ouma Sarie, Purple, Bountiful Stringless, Painted Lady Runner etc.Peas: Pigeon, Cow, Sugar Pod, Sugar Daddy, Chick & Blue Podded.Lettuce: Gourmet Mix, Mesculin Mix, Butterhead, Oak Leaf, Amish Deer Tongue etc.Tomatoes: Mexican Yellow, Ox Heart, Florade, Yellow Pear, Purple Dragon, Cherry etc.<p> Cucumber: African Horned, Crystal Apple, Poona Keera, Long Slender etc.</p>Many others, incl. squash, sunflowers, rooted veggies, aubergine, brassicas, cabbage, peppers, fruits, herbs & grains.
UKUVUNA Optimized Sustainable Projects(A Zulu word for Abundant Harvest)All seeds are free of GMOs & organically grown. Please contact us for a list of Summer & Winter Vegetables & Crops at Ukuvuna for sale.John Nzira, DirectorTel: +27 (83) 665 firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com50 Pretorius Rd, President Park, Midrand, 1685Visit our website for all our Services & Products:www.urbanfarming.yolasite.comPO Box 6032, Halfway House, 1685
So Delicious with VanessaHeirloom seed & garden gadgets. All seeds are organic, heirloom & open-pollinated varieties grown by specialized farmers who do not support GMOs. We are vehemently anti-GMO & have gone to great lengths to import only pure heirloom seed.Contact Vanessa: email@example.comFb: https://www.facebook.com/gourmetgardenerWebsite: http://www.sowdelicious.co.za
Hart NurseryFamily owned Organic Retail Nursery. Non-GM Seed, organic vegie & herb plants, accessories, organic fertilisers, botanical/ organic insecticides as well as advice & assistance. Volcanic Rock Dust which comprises 72 minerals & trace elements to promote healthy plant growth. Use of old fashioned methods eg. vinegar, castor oil, honey & cinnamon powder to promote an environmentally friendly & cost effective approach to gardening.Gary & Pam Hart: Just by going organic, we now breed chameleons, frogs, lizards etc. We have also recorded 72 of the 139 species of birds in our nursery.https://www.facebook.com/hartnurserycapetownWebsite: http://www.hartnursery.co.zaPhone: +27 21 703 8689Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAddress: 350 Ottery Rd, Ottery, Cape Town.
Situated in the picturesque Maluti Mountains of Zastron in the Orange Free State, Boomplaats farm practices holistic farming and is the very first farm in the whole of South Africa to produce organically certified cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens.
No fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics means the meat is healthy for you. They supply Johannesburg, Pretoria and around Gauteng.
“We create living soils, lush pastures, happy animals and vibrant humans!”
ARTISANAL PORK My name is Akim Riemer; I am a Pork-smith in search of the holy grail of the pork chop. As a pork-smith I practice the art of artisanal pork husbandry, a holistic philosophy guided by nature, bound by the mantra “no stress at death”. To achieve this pigs have to be slaughtered at the place of birth and with smoke and mirrors you can, on a small herd of 150 pigs, harvest with zero stress-IT’S POSSIBLE and revolutionary! To make it sustainable the concept “artisanal allotment pork club” has been born, a collective and legal approach for people to be accountable to the meat they eat. Enshrined in the constitution under the bill of rights is the freedom of belief so if you are a meat eater, and are of the belief that the animal must not suffer, cannot be tortured, and was allowed to follow its natural behavior before its slaughtered with respect and zero stress we invite you to contact us to find out more. If you wish to see us in person and get to know more about our collective sharing approach for sustainable pork then please come see us this Saturday at Kommetjie Primary schools market for the fund raiser “walk for water” where we will have a stand selling fresh produce, eggs, lard soap and sceletium all from our farm from 9h-15h. Look out for the man in the black skirt……. Do we wait for the laws to change or do we bend them so they change faster? Whatever you decide we all know the luxury of doing nothing has passed!
Seen on the pictures: fat neck chops traditionally brined and green cured then smoked with French oak and bay leaf they go by the loving name “banters orgasm”.
This article is about a specific case that was submitted anonymously, so while we can’t vouch for the legitimacy of the information we do agree that it highlights the disadvantages of exclusive contracts and their potential for being exploited.
An anonymous user has emailed us to warn farmers NOT to sign exclusive supplier agreements with Woolworths. If they need product badly enough they will buy, you do not need to exclusively supply only to Woolworths. Apparently Woolworths sometimes stops using a supplier after a few months and because that supplier was exclusively selling to Woolworths they go into debt. Woolworths then steps in to buy the failing company and “rescue” the owner from debt.
Woolworths received a lot of criticism recently when they were caught selling 460g loaves of bread as 700g. This is very misleading, no matter what their excuse is. There are also reports of them stealing designs from independent designers. So with all this negative press it’s not that hard to believe they might do something as shady as the aforementioned scenario. All we can say is, be careful…