While driving to the Caribbean coast last week we drove past hundreds of kilometres of banana plantations - it blew our minds. I imagine driving through the Canadian prairies for the first time and seeing the endless fields of wheat. We started reading about the plantations and all the ecological devastation, deforestation, pesticide run off into rivers and the ocean, ensuing destruction to animal and marine life and the destruction of the mangrove forests....and then reading how the blue plastic bags (in pictures 2 and 3) that keep the fruit protected end up in the ocean where turtles mistake them for jellyfish and eat them. And the ‘organic’ farms are literally just as big and only a ditch away from where the non-organic ones are being sprayed. .
So we talked about what it would look like if we stopped eating bananas as a family...we try to consume local food, and food we grow ourselves, but we love bananas. So we talked about the possibility of giving them up - and I think we will try. Our food system is messed up....I got nothing more than that right now.