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The Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) is a UK-based not-for-profit news organisation dedicated to investigative reporting on environmental issues, with a particular focus on food and farming, wildlife and consumer affairs. We produce original investigative content for broadcast, print and online output, and work with external media outlets and partners to maximise exposure.

Blood harvest: the hidden cost of Italy’s soft drinks trade

The Ecologist Film Unit recently travelled to Calabria in Southern Italy to investigate claims that the seasonal orange harvest makes use of African migrants, many of them paid poverty wages and living in squalid conditions.

The region’s oranges are frequently bought by multinational food and drink companies for use as juices or concentrates, often ending up in soft drinks.

So bad is the situation in the town of Rosarno that medical charities have described conditions as being similar – or worse – as those encountered in conflict zones overseas.

Our Ecologist investigation and film, published in conjunction with the The Independent newspaper (London), has been picked up by print and broadcast media across Italy and beyond, including Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica and RAI TV.

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