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Oxfam: Cargill may have broken laws in Colombia

Friday, September 27, 2013

U.S. commodities trader Cargill bought a large area of farming land in Colombia many times bigger than the legal limit, according to charity Oxfam.

Oxfam said Cargill set up dozens of "shell companies," violating agrarian reform laws.

Cargill set up the companies to buy land up to the legal limit for any individual or company, to farm all of the adjoining land as a single plantation and get around restrictions designed to promote distribution of land to smallholder farmers, said Oxfam.

Source: Reuters