‘Agri-Mafia’ infiltrates Italy’s farms, food markets

ROME (AP) — Organized crime has a seemingly insatiable appetite for farm and food businesses, one of the few economic sectors experiencing growth during Italy’s protracted economic crisis.

Anti-mafia prosecutors and Italy’s farm lobby Coldiretti on Tuesday expressed concern that the country’s crime syndicates have increased their infiltration or control of agriculture and food markets, ranging from citrus exports to the U.S., Italian wholesale produce markets and local supermarket chains. They urged new legislation to help law enforcement crack down on mobsters’ involvement in farming and food production……….

Source: Capital Press

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