German supermarket chain Aldi wants to cut banana prices from Ecuador from €8 to €7. But Development Minister Gerd Müller has called on German companies to ensure fair pricing and production conditions.
Ecuador is the world's largest exporter of bananas. The fruit plays just as big a role as oil for the country's economy and its fight against poverty. Some German discounters seem to care little about that.
The grocery chain has said that sausages being sold at stores near Hanover may contain the bacteria listeria. Aldi has also recently come under fire for its business practices regarding produce from South America.
Workers and farmers who supply food to German supermarkets often face abuse and exploitation, Oxfam has said in a report. When it comes to fair trade, German retailers rank worse than their UK or Dutch counterparts.
Germany has a reputation for being particularly environmentally conscious. Why then does the country produce so much plastic waste? And can Germans be persuaded to ditch the excess packaging?
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