The flower chain
Daffodil bunches from the UK were a remarkably low price this spring, and the article below suggests why.
Similar situations operate throughout the world of horticulture and when even dodgy gangmasters are saying multiple supermarket power is too great, you know there is a problem. Most crops are labour intensive to at least harvest and so low prices Asda style connect directly to wages and labour practices. The subject is also comprehensively covered in Nick Broomfield's Ghost film of 2007.
Let's hope the Gangmaster Licencing Authority survives increasing pressure to produce crops at whatever cost and Paul Whitehouse's resolves remains firm. New Labour enthusiasm for restraining inflation through fierce grocery price competition is reportedly alive and kicking. The article points to who pays for this perverse economic practice.
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Last Modified - 23rd May 2008