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There has been reporting of modern slavery in the agriculture and primary products such as fruit, corn, palm oil, poultry, rice, sesame, wheat, sugarcane, cattle, beans, coffee and cocoa beans, seafood, nuts and tea, in their production and in their transportation.

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The situation of agriculture workers in Australia

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Large Australian supermarket chains are tracing their supply chains and implementing responsible and ethical sourcing policies to seek to address these issues.

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Labour Abuse

The harvesting of Australian food relies significantly on seasonal and backpacker workers who are vulnerable to labour abuse, sometimes even forms of modern slavery.

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Groceries and Produce Quiz


Which of the following countries is NOT one of the top 5 countries Australian imports fresh fruit or vegetables from

  • The USA
  • New Zealand
  • Turkey
  • South Africa

Points: 1

True or False? Migrant workers around the world generally lack the protection available to the domestic workforce.

  • True
  • False

Points: 1

Which large Australian operating supermarket chain have policies and processes seeking to address these labour issues

  • Aldi
  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • All of the Above

Points: 2

Seasonal, migrant and backpacker workers on Australian farms are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and being coerced because

  • Their isolation
  • Their limited English
  • Their desire to send money home
  • All of the Above

Points: 2

True or False? Buying Australian produce or from local stores avoids products with Modern Slavery.

  • True
  • False

Points: 1