by Boycott Del Monte Coalition, Southern Africa Support Committee
Los Angeles, California, United States
Undated, 1978?
Publisher: Boycott Del Monte Coalition
8 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Guatemala, Philippines
Language: English
Pamphlet issued as part of a campaign to boycott Del Monte products. The pamphlet explains the campaign against the Del Monte Corporation for its exploitation of workers in many Third World countries and the United States. Del Monte's overfishing of sardines in Namibia, its banana plantations in Guatemala, pineapple plantations in the Philippines, and asparagus and other canneries in Mexico are highlighted, as well as dangerous canneries in California. The pamphlet says Namibia (South West Africa) borders South Africa; it is illegally occupied and governed by the racist South African government; the same inhumane, brutal conditions which exist in South Africa are present in Namibia. The pamphlet says Del Monte is one of 50 multi-national corporations that exploits the Namibian people and keeps them under the rule of the white minority government; Walvis Bay, once highly stocked with fish (especially sardines), and once a primary food source for the people, is in danger of having all its sardines fished out by Del Monte; while nearly one third of the value of all that is produced in Namibia comes from the fishing industry, Black people are literally forced to work on the docks and boats, and in the canneries for an incredible "salary" of $37.00/month. At the same time, half of the Black children between the ages of one and five years of age die from malnutrition (primarily due to a lack of protein) and disease. The pamphlet says the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) is leading the people's struggle for liberation in Namibia. • FOOD AS A WEAPON • NAMIBIA • GUATEMALA • THE PHILIPPINES • MEXICO • PUERTO RICO • UNITED STATES [Note: The one of the phone numbers of this pamphlet is the phone number of the Southern Africa Support Committee.]
Used by permission of a former member of the Southern Africa Support Committee.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections