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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

How should I eat? (Not too much)
—Michael Pollan

If it is so difficult to learn to cook, how did all those early pioneer women manage to cross the country in rugged covered wagons and feed troops of people from one big pot hung over an open fire?
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Treat treats as treats.
—Michael Pollan

No matter how you slice it through, grain-fed meat production systems are a drain on the global food supply.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer’s Market

Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington’s Farmer’s Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade.

Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950’s, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don’t know how I didn’t know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It’s a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends

What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

*Side note: Burlington Farmer’s Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street

Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 5-19-2019

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DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

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What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
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Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
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Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
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2 responses to “Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer’s Market”

  1. It’s so funny that there is a danger to the pesticides used on bananas. I remember long ago my mother feeling that bananas were excellent fruit to give us children since she didn’t have to wash them and were so easy for long trips, etc. But, a year or so ago, I stopped eating bananas, a fruit I used often sliced on my granola…and, I felt better. Who knows but with food, I think there are no coincidences.

    • Corrie Austin says:

      There’s a reason we are friends! I agree with so many of the things you just said. I agree – food can either be our medicine or our disease. I have not stopped eating bananas, but I am careful to source them organic and fair trade. I also rely on the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” lists for guidance while I grocery shop.

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