Soft drink giants fail to stop land grabs: Oxfam
LONDON (AFP) - US soft drinks giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo must make their sugar suppliers act to stop so-called land grabs in countries such as Brazil and Cambodia, Oxfam said on Wednesday.
The British charity said in a report that the drinks firms and supplier Associated British Foods were failing to stop disputes over property that were being fuelled by the global sugar trade.
Ms Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam, said that while sugar was linked to "serious health" issues, it also "lies at the heart of the bitter problem of land grabs."
"Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods are the world's biggest producers and buyers of sugar but they are doing little to ensure the sugar in their products is not grown on land grabbed from poor communities," she said.