Tea is grown-up in about than forty five states around the world. India and China are the largest producers of this product, Sri Lanka and Kenya are the leading exporters. International rights of people and ecological organizations all the way through the year examined two most important issues related to the manufacture of tea: a huge quantity of soil used and the intensity of labor. Person rights debasements have been noticed in plantations in almost all the major tea producing countries.
The workers on the plantations receive very low pay. For example, human rights in India, tea pickers earn just 1-1.5 dollars a day per each 20 kg of tea leaves. But even that is not a problem compared to inhuman treatment. Women account for 75-85% of the total number of tea pickers. Commission studies have shown that women’s rights violations are commonplace. Living in areas such as barracks, women are more at risk of sexual harassment. According to UNICEF, in 2006 more than 40 000 children were working on picking tea plants in Uganda for just thirty cents a day. Plantations themselves exercise a reflective impact on the neighboring surroundings. It turns out that we are enjoying a drink, which is associated with serious problems of human rights discrimination.
To meet the growing demand for tea, more and more areas of tropical forests are subjected to cutting for further conversion into plantations. International news agencies repeatedly reported on cases of land grabbing by foreign investors, such as in Uganda and Kenya. In late 2010, the Indian company Verdanta was accused in misappropriation of land in Ethiopia, in which indigenous peoples have suffered, which were left without their homes and fields.
Fighting with the manufacturers of tea is extremely difficult. Their capitals are so powerful that they have lobbyists among officials of different ranks worldwide. The conclusion is pessimistic: while in the Third World poverty and corruption will dominate, violations of the rights of ordinary workers will not be cut at any fees.