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The Bitter Taste of Bananas Coming From Costa-Rica to Europe

  • Agriculture
  • climate
  • Environment
  • Healthcare

MATINA - For over two decades, residents near banana plantations in Costa Rica have been exposed to pesticide sprays from planes, affecting their health and environment. Despite being banned in Europe, these chemicals are still exported to Global South for use in agriculture, where they are often used by major companies like Dole Food Company and Chiquita International.

Living Under the Veiled Grasp of Factory Farming in Europe

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

BRUSSELS - 142 million pigs, 76 million bovine heads, 62 million sheep, and 12 million goats: the invisible yearly population of farmed animals that live and die on the production line in Europe. Industrial livestock farming across Europe is causing widespread environmental degradation. People living in close proximity to factory farms experience serious health consequences.

Food vs. Nature: How Agriculture Puts Protected Ecosystems at Risk in Europe

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

BRUSSELS – The link between agriculture and nature is a contested arena in Europe. Over the past decades, the European Union has become one of the leading producers and exporters of agricultural products in the world. But this has come at a great cost for Europe’s ecosystems.

Plant Pandemics Enter Through Open European Borders

  • Agriculture
  • Economy
  • Environment

PUGLIA / AMSTERDAM – With climate change, diseases that previously wouldn't thrive in Europe have a greater chance of survival, making the peril for agriculture greater than ever. A system with very open borders for plant imports is threatening agriculture in the southern part of the European Union.

Nutrient Overload in Europe

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

RONCILIONE / CAMPO DE CARTAGENA – The EU aims to reduce fertiliser overuse, but it faces the resistance of the industry and farmers alike. This investigation examines the cases of two hotspots in Italy and Spain, scrutinizing contamination drivers and assessing health, environmental, and economic consequences.

Marching in the Dark

  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Politics

BHOPAL - Rural regions in India suffer a high suicide rate among farmers

Bitter Berries - Exploitation of Nepali Workers in Portugal

  • Agriculture
  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

KATHMANDU / ODEMIRA / BERLIN – This investigation revealed a system of informal agencies and debt bondage that thousands of Nepali migrant workers face when working in Portuguese berry fields.

Non-transportable livestock

  • Agriculture
  • Transport

LOW COUNTRIES - Belgium as a drain on the Dutch cattle industry

The Lives of Italy’s Rose Sellers Are Anything but Romantic

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

ROME / DHAKA - Of the many cases chronicling the exploitation of South Asian migrant workers in Italy, none is perhaps more visible yet underreported than the plight of rose sellers – a common sight in busy tourist destinations like Rome, Milan or Turin.

Soy traders and EU food brands fuel deforestation in Argentina

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

CHACO – A cross-border investigation conducted by Voxeurop and Periodistas por el Planeta reveals that livestock farms in Italy and Spain, two major meat exporters across Europe, as well as iconic food brands are indirectly linked to deforestation in the Chaco province in Argentina.