Circle A Radio playlist for 07/02/2008
Bananas are a fruit native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia and Australia. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics. Bananas are among the most widely consumed foods in the world. , and
are grown in at least 107 countries.
Transnational fruit companies and supermarket chains buy enormous quantities of bananas and competition has led to reduced margins in recent years which in turn has led to lower prices for growers. Banana farmers have historically received a low unit price for their produce and been subjected to poor working conditions. Today, most banana workers continue to labor for low pay and are often exposed to toxic pesticides. Child labor and violent repression against workers who
organize unions have also been documented .
Tonight on Circle A Radio we'll look into the marketing of the banana…why do Westerners think of the banana as a staple food item and not a luxury? We talk to Peter Chapman, author of Bananas!: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World about the mass-marketing of the banana, United Fruit's involvement in Guatemala, and their covert links to the US government, . We also talk to Michael Mc Millen, banana buyer for Organically grown company in Clackamas, who
discusses banana farming and the journey of the golden fruit from the tropics to our shopping carts. Finally, we talk with Peter O'Driscoll, executive director of Action Aid USA about human rights and the banana market today. Stay tuned.
Human Rights/ Labor:
Action Aid- The Real Cost of Your Bananas-Photo Story
US Labor Education in the Americas Project- Banana Worker Justice Initiative
International Labor Rights Forum
Solidarity Center- AFL-CIO Global Worker Solidarity
Human Rights Watch- Report on Ecuadoran Banana Plantations Human Rights Abuses
Alliance For Global Justice:
Sustainable/ Fair Trade: