Are western Europe's food supplies worth more than east European workers' health? | Costi Rogozanu and Daniela Gabor
The coronavirus threat facing fruit and vegetable pickers flown in from quarantined Romania underlines Europe’s inequalitiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhite asparagus is late April’s delicacy across much of north-west Europe. In Germany the pale spears of the Spargel are cherished as “white gold”, their arrival each year marked by festivals and celebrations. But Germany alone needs 300,000 seasonal workers to harvest its crops. Over the past 10 years most of these workers have come from Romanian villages where seasonal migration is one of the few sources of income. Related: Romanian fruit pickers flown to UK amid crisis in farming sector Continue reading...
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Growers from Ireland to Spain says coronavirus lockdown has stopped migrant workers from arrivingCoronavirus – latest...Growers from Ireland to Spain says coronavirus lockdown has stopped migrant workers from arrivingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt this time of year John Greene is usually preparing to welcome dozens of Slovakian strawberry pickers for another harvest at his farm in County Wexford in south-east Ireland.The work is arduous and repetitive and he relies on their experience and stamina to get the fruit picked, packed and sold. Continue reading...