Chiquita Brands International faces a $7.86 billion lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of nearly 400 Colombian families who say the company should be held responsible for the "torture and murder" of their loved ones.
Twenty years ago, Corporate America and environmentalists squared off regularly and acrimoniously across the globe. Today, large companies can't stop talking about their green initiatives, and groups like Rainforest Alliance (RA) deserve a slice of the credit.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said Saturday he favored the extradition to his country of executives of U.S. banana producer Chiquita after the company's admission that it paid Colombian right-wing death squads more than $1.7 million.
THE FOOD CHAIN Fisheries were hardest hit--shrimp and oyster stocks will need at least a year to recover. Katrina also tore through fields and disrupted transportation, but not enough to affect the prospect of big harvests across the Midwest. COULDN'T ENTER THE PORT Bananas Dole and Chiquita had to reroute thousands of inbound tons to ports in Texas and South Carolina. Coffee New Orleans is the top U.S. import and roasting center. Fortunately the storehouses survived intact. COULDN'T LEAVE THE PORT Corn and soybeans The Port of South Louisiana handles two-thirds of U.S. grain exports. Fertilizer and timber U.S. customers will end up paying more for Alabama and Mississippi goods. CROPS/FISHING DESTROYED Meat In Mississippi, 2,300 chicken houses were damaged or destroyed. Louisiana is missing 10,000 cattle. Cotton 250,000 bales were soaked, but bumper crops nationally might ease the pain. Sugar Two refineries got knocked out, but the USDA upped quotas so farmers will produce more. Shrimp and Oysters The hur
At least 34 farm workers were killed and five others wounded in a massacre in northwest Colombia near the Venezuelan border in which leftist rebels are suspected, a spokesman at the chief prosecutor's office has said.