The real cost of cheap food: 1,500 farmworker deaths in Italy in 6 years

According to a March 27 article in the UK medical journal The BMJ over 1,500 workers in agriculture in Italy have died over the past 6 years as a result of their work. “Agriculture counts the fallen like those on a battlefield.”

The figure includes deaths resulting from the intense dusk-to-dawn labour including death from exhaustion, deaths resulting from living in insalubrious tent settlements and the absence of basic health and other social provisions, work-related transport accidents, and murder – like the 2018 killing of trade union organizer Soumayla Sacko, a migrant agricultural worker from Mali. Sacko was shot point blank the day after Minister Matteo Salvini was installed as Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, and declared ‘”The party’s over” for migrants.

 

 

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