The Other Fair Trade: Why Equitable Bananas Matter
Many of us enjoy bananas regularly, without considering the source and means by which they arrived on our counter. While Fair Trade is often associated with chocolate and coffee, bananas have been in the spotlight recently. Known for being monopolized by a few large distribution companies that give very little back to farmers, banana producers are now addressing worker exploitation. Through co-ops and Fair Trade consumer community development premiums, banana farmers in South America are empowering themselves and each other to continue to produce bananas and feel connected in the supply chain.