Oussama Assaf stands in a field and cuts vegetables from their stalks. He is working at an organic farm in the Spanish region of Andalusia. It is operated by Cuevas Bio, which supplies among others Denn’s, the German organic supermarket chain. However, it’s highly unlikely that customers of Denn’s in Germany have any idea what sort of conditions Mr. Assaf is working under.
Andalusia’s prime industry is agriculture and the organic sector is booming. It is a business that is fueled by cheap labor. Tens of thousands of migrants from Morocco and other countries flock to Spain hoping, like Mr. Assaf, to build a better life.
Yet Mr. Assaf, who did not want to give his real name, quickly woke up to the grim reality of working in Spain’s agricultural sector.