Politics and Peels

Consider the banana. Healthy, tasty, beloved by everyone from toddlers to Beckett characters. Nestled in its own peel, it’s the world’s most wholesome convenience food. It’s cheap and available just about anywhere, including at most gas stations and corner C-stores. Surely the banana is part of the solution?

Nope. Part of the problem.

Newsday reports that the Chiquita corporation has agreed to pay a $25 million fine to resolve an inquiry by the Justice Department on charges of doing business with a paramilitary group.

Chiquita says it paid off Colombian groups like the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to protect the safety of its employees. The company has since stopped doing business in Colombia.

The AUC is listed as a terrorist organization.

If you want better bananas, solutions like fair trade can help, and here’s a list to get you started.

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