We’ve just found out that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are supplied
by companies that have been caught driving indigenous people and small
farmers from their ancestral land all around the world.
Our partners at Oxfam have discovered that a sugar company in Brazil has forced a small community from its land and sent a gang of thugs to burn down 53 families' homes
-- all to supply sugar to companies like Coke and Pepsi. In Cambodia, a
major sugar company drove hundreds of families from their land --
because they no longer had documentation they lost during the atrocities
of the Khmer Rouge.
These horror stories are only the tip of the iceberg. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been alerted, but they’ve failed to implement policies to stop their suppliers from grabbing land. Now we need to show them that consumers are ready to hold them accountable.
Tell Coca-Cola and Pepsi: ensure that your suppliers aren’t stealing land.
For the last decade, the price of sugar and other agricultural commodities has skyrocketed, and investors
have gobbled up more than 33 million hectares of land in Asia, Africa,
and Latin America, frequently displacing people who lived and worked on
the land for generations.
As food prices skyrocket, small farmers are losing their livelihoods
along with their homes. Indigenous communities are having their
traditional ways of life destroyed as their ancestral hunting and
farming land is seized to make way for sugar production. And sugar
producers frequently resort to violence and intimidation to drive people off their land when they can’t evict them legally.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are some of the world’s largest
purchasers of sugar, and they have the power to hold sugar growers
accountable for grabbing land and displacing small farmers. By
adopting zero-tolerance policies for land grabs, the beverage giants
could ensure that sugar producers can’t afford to drive poor farmers off
their land. But right now, Coke and Pepsi don’t even bother to monitor
their suppliers’ behavior.
The only way these companies will change their ways is if consumers stand up and make them. We know that the SumOfUs community can convince beverage companies to take a stand for human rights --
just last year we got Pepsi to speak out against Uganda’s “kill the
gays” law. Now we need to come together again to ensure that the
beverage industry doesn’t profit by robbing impoverished farmers.
Click here to sign the petition demanding that Coca-Cola and Pepsi stand up to land grabbers.
Thanks for all you do,
Rob, Angus, Paul and the rest of us
Oxfam accuses Coke and Pepsi of taking land from the poor, The Independent, 02 October 2013.