Afternoon Coffee: Farmers Concerned Over DuPont and Dow Chemical, AP Investigation Shows Forced Labor in Thailand Shrimp Industry

Farmers have voiced concern about the proposed merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical, saying it would limit competition in the market and likely lead to higher costs for them.

An investigation by the Associated Press found Thailand’s seafood industry is using child and forced labor to process shrimp that is ending up at major companies including Wal-mart and Red Lobster.

BNSF Railway is reportedly considering a takeover bid of Norfolk Southern Corp., which could create competition over Canadian Pacific Railway’s previous bid.

Industrial production in China grew 6.2% during November compared to a year earlier, which was more than expected. Production was also up 5.6% compared to October, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

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