Monday, January 24, 2011


I rarely buy bananas, although I do enjoy them and they are a good value food.  Last week I bought a small bunch to have with my breakfast.  My daughter, who just returned from a study abroad program in Costa Rica, started telling me about her visit to a banana plantation.  Turns out, banana plantations can only operate for seven years.  When the seven years are up, operations move to a new location.  The reason:  the banana plantation completely depletes the soil.  Further, the soil is so ruined that nothing else will grow there.  So, the company moves on to another piece of cleared rainforest.  Huh?!  Guess I won't be buying bananas anymore.


Deanna said...

This is one post I wish I hadn't read. I love bananas. :(

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I actually don't eat them- something about the consistency, I just can't do it. My dog goes crazy loco for fresh + dried (unsweetened) bananas, so yeah, this is not the best news.

He also goes crazy for dried seaweed (me too!) so please don't tell me that little turtles get caught in the seaweed, dragged to shore + killed in cultivation, or anything horrible like that. There is just too much to keep up with, I don't want to have to resort to eating the dirt in my backyard (which probably is polluted from particles of whatever in the sky).

Have a great Monday + thank you for the wellness wishes. I drank coffee (fair trade/ organic) for the first time in 8 days this morning!

Cherie said...

Deanna, sorry to break the sad news to you. I suppose this can be an activist opportunity?

Shona, haven't heard about turtles and seaweed; hopefully I wont. Dirt would be a bad thing.

Glad you're feeling better!