Food is Power.org

http://www.foodispower.org/bananas/

This website says:

Bananas are the most popular fruit in the U.S., with more consumed annually than apples and oranges combined.[1] Bananas have been sold in North America since the late 1800s, although the popular variety at that time is not the one we enjoy today.[2] In 1890, a disease spread throughout banana-growing regions of Latin America and the Caribbean and destroyed many banana farms. Research began in the early 1900s to develop a disease-resistant banana, which led to the introduction of the Cavendish banana—the kind we find in grocery store produce departments today.[3]

It went on to say:

Like many agricultural commodities, however, this seemingly wholesome food has a dark history. The production of bananas for export was part and parcel of 19th– and 20th-century U.S. and European colonialism, advertised as bringing “modernity” to tropical regions and making use of “useless” jungle.[3] In the years since, sky-high North American and European demand for bananas has made them—like coffee, chocolate, and palm oil —an unsustainable monoculture crop, and the industry is embroiled in countless labor and environmental crises.

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Jason Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from Winona State University where he studied U.S.-Mongolian Foreign Relations 1860-1920. He also attended programs at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, Soonchunhyang University in the Republic of Korea and at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has a Master of Arts degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he focused on climate control and high-energy x-ray applications. Jason has wrote for Diesel Power and The Costa Rica News. Contact him at goi.thompson@gmail.com

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