Greenwashing........ Bananas?

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 10:55 PM

Just when you thought you were safe. And you thought you were doing the right thing - eating more healthy fruit. We've all been told to eat at least 3 servings of fruit a day. Well, before you eat that banana for breakfast, you may want to check out this link on greenwashing bananas. Apparently, when the bananas are harvested, they are placed in plastic bags and with packing peanuts for shipping. If the banana is not deemed edible or pretty enough, they are then tossed into a land fill which sends off toxic fumes. According to the article, twice as many bananas are tossed than are shipped. Imagine. A banana not worthy of being eaten. And if that's not enough, there are always the pesticides used to kill off any unwanted bugs. If the pesticides kill off bugs, what are they doing to the workers who have the job of harvesting the fruit? And what about the people who ingest the pesticide- enriched fruit? It definitely sounds like an "iffy" breakfast item to me. However, that's not the picture we get when encouraged to eat our fruits and vegetables. How about you? You want fruit for breakfast or snack?

http://www.organicconsumers.org/Organic/chiquita.cfm

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