A compulation of stories and tales from ranchers committed to sustainable agriculture

Where did that banana come from?

Have you ever wondered or taken the time to think where your food comes from and who was all and what was all involved into producing it? I guess as a rancher I produce beef and know that story well… what about that banana? It to has a story and I guess if more people knew what it took to to grow it and what it did to the soil and water you might think twice about your eating decision. Contrary to what many think, bananas did not come from South America but rather came from southeast Asia. The banana and the industry around it has in many ways shaped the politics of central America and the term the banana republic certainly could not be more accurate http://www.mayaparadise.com/united_fruit_company.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana

We had a chance to tour some plantations and see first hand what the cultivation of this crop does in terms of soil erosion and what can happen in terms of water pollution.  Most Bananas are raised the conventional way but there are organizations that are trying t change how the crop is produced by looking at organic and more integrated approaches that are less detrimental to the environment. One such place we toured was Earth University.  http://www.earth.ac.cr/?lang=en At earth University students from around the world come to learn sustainable agriculture production systems so that they can go back to their perspective countries as agronomists and help to stimulate changes…. I know we learned a lot and I will never look at a banana again the same way.







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