The Environmental, Political, Economic, And Labor Conditions Of The Tomato

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The environmental, political, economic, and labor conditions of the tomato-to-ketchup chain of my consumption are that of the United States of America. Although, due to the drought in California Heinz has begun to grow tomatoes in other parts of the world to save on water consumption—locations include: Egypt, China and Spain (Sustainability Report). The working conditions and environment might be drastically different in those locations. But, once again, because there is no sufficient information on the working conditions of these farms or factories we are left to assume that the working conditions are the same as that of the host country.
Although it is not stated explicitly, the phrasing on the Heinz website and the focus on CO2 emissions cutback from transportation trucks, hints that most, if not all, of the transportation of the products throughout the making of Heinz Ketchup is done by automobiles owned by Heinz. Trucks take the tomatoes from the farm to the inspection plant, then to the first processing plant. Another truck takes the paste from the first plant to the Fremont factory, and after that trucks take the finished product to its final destination—to me (Supply Chain). A rough estimate of the distance traveled by these trucks is from California to Fremont—roughly 2,500 miles—then from Fremont, Ohio, to Boston—roughly 750 miles—to total over 3,500 miles. This final step of the journey is shipped in the plastic bottles that consumers see in the store. The…

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