Blood Cashews

Cashew Nut Processing
Cashew Nut Processing

Cashew Nuts are actually very healthy, these are high in minerals, fiber, protein and unsaturated fat. The nuts are exceptionally hard to extract. A cashew has two layers of hard shell, which have caustic substances  cardol and anacardic acid that can cause vicious burns. Cashew resins can cause itching and burning, and dust from the cashew skins can irritate the lungs. Blood Cashews refers to the production of cashew nuts under the harsh conditions.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that claims cashew nuts and other Vietnamese exports are produced by drug addicts detained in forced-labor camps across the country. Those who refuse to work are beaten with truncheons, given electric shocks, locked in isolation, deprived of food and water, and obliged to work even longer hours, the report says. Vietnamese prisoners, including political prisoners, have similarly been subjected to forced labor: “One Montagnard, jailed from 2002 through 2009, had to do this for 7 years. His hands were injured by the caustic resin from the cashew nuts because he was not allowed to wear gloves.” The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi acknowledged “forced labor by convicted prisoners and drug users” in a 2008 diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks. “The practice is not widespread, however, and represents an insignificant portion (less than 0.3 percent) of Vietnam’s cashew industry,” says the cable. Actually this abuse is more wide spread than mentioned in the cable.

60 per cent of Cashew Nuts are processed in India, many of the women who work in the cashew industry have permanent damage to their hands from this corrosive liquid, because factories do not routinely provide gloves. These workers are paid less than $2 for a days work, for this hard and hazardous work, which is not enough for a days meal. World need to take notice of these maltreatment with Cashew processing workers, so that workers can also share benefits reaped by businessmen involved in this trade and we may not feel guilty, while eating tasty and healthy Cashew Nuts.

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