For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. I Corinthians 7:22
Is our imported food being processed by slaves?
There is a great deal of truth about the provincial proverb. “nothing affects you until it affects you.”
The meaning of this sage advice is that people often are not affected about a problem or situation, such as domestic abuse or say, child abuse, unless they themselves experience it firsthand.
If you have never been poor then you will probably feel that the needy person is responsible for their state of being and doesn’t need anyone to help them climb out of their poverty.
Likewise is thinking when the news reports of someone being involved in a violent crime, either as the victim or the offender, if it does not affect one personally either way, it has no effect whatsoever.
One morning as I was preparing to leave home to go to work on a special project, I turned on the radio to find out what the weather would be like on that day.
What my ears didn’t expect to hear is a gruesome story about people being forced into slavery for of all things, shrimp!
As the commentator gave her analysis of what was occurring in Thailand and the cost of lives in order for U.S. companies to import shrimp to American tables, my stomach turned inside out.
Then it hit me like a lightning bolt.
The supermarkets that I tend to shop at are always having a sale on shrimp. As a matter of fact, one well-known major box store discounter has shrimp on sale at unbelievable prices. Now, I know why.
Now the taste for coconut shrimp being advertised with a nationally known restaurant chain begs me to question exactly the who, what and where did this food product generate from?
I know we may not be privy to get information most of the time about where and who produces our food.
But here is a question we just have to ask ourselves.
What’s on our plates?
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We are empowering companies to engage with their suppliers all the way down to raw materials. Over time, we believe that a network of aligned buyers and suppliers will systemically disrupt illicit markets that use slave labor deep in supply chains. Businesses have the potential to become the new leaders of a free world.
Anti-Slavery International, founded in 1839, is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation and works to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.
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“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”― William Wilberforce
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