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10 June 2009

Asia: Land grabs threaten food security

Author: IRIN

The problem of land grabbing by foreign investors and governments...extends well beyond the confines of Cambodia...In the Philippines this year, Bahrain secured 10,000 ha for agro-fishery, Qatar leased 100,000 ha, and an unknown company from China...

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24 June 2009

Judge throws out Dole "bananeros" cases [USA]

Author: Gina Keating, Reuters

A California judge on Thursday threw out two pesticide lawsuits against Dole Food Co and other companies [Dow Chemical, AMVAC] by plaintiffs claiming to be banana farm workers, citing a "pervasive conspiracy" by plaintiffs' attorneys and Nicaraguan...

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3 July 2009
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Author: El País [Costa Rica]

"No sé de cual país nos está hablando", declaró el representante de la Cámara Nacional de Productores y exportadores de Piña (CANAPEP), al referirse a denuncias…sobre la contaminación con agroquímicos de fuentes de agua para consumo humano…En su...

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8 July 2009

Dole Food sues filmmakers, alleging documentary was based on fraud

Author: Amanda Bronstad, National Law Journal [USA]

Dole Food Co. has filed a defamation suit in Los Angeles against two Swedish filmmakers whose recently screened documentary chronicles a lawsuit alleging that workers in Nicaragua were rendered sterile after being exposed to the pesticide DBCP on Dole...

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12 July 2009

Pesticide cases could be upended [USA]

Author: Victoria Kim & Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times

The unraveling of multimillion-dollar Los Angeles cases alleging that Nicaraguan men had been sterilized by pesticide exposure is now threatening to upend hundreds of other claims in U.S. courts…In November 2007, a…jury awarded $5.7 million to six...

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1 August 2009

[PDF] "Workers’ accommodation: processes and standards-A guidance note by IFC and the EBRD"

Author: International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

This guidance note addresses the processes and standards that should be applied to the provision of workers’ accommodation in relation to projects funded by the EBRD or IFC…There is a range of different types of workers’ accommodation that may be...

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7 August 2009

New lawyer aids Nicaraguan farmworkers who sued Dole

Author: Victoria Kim & Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times

Six Nicaraguan men who won a…verdict in a 2007 jury trial against Dole Food Co. and other U.S. corporations are entitled to the money despite a Los Angeles judge's ruling that cast doubt on the merits of their case, the men's attorney wrote in papers...

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24 August 2009

Big Penalties Loom for Chevron in Ecuador

Author: Michael Orey, BusinessWeek

Sixteen years after it was first filed and seven years after it was tossed out of U.S. courts, an environmental contamination lawsuit growing out of Texaco's oil drilling in Ecuador has become a giant legal and public relations headache for Chevron,...

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1 October 2009
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1 October 2009

Labour coalition says workers' rights abuses persist on Dole plantations in Latin America

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