Olasupo – Blog Post / Banana Cultures

Even though I already dislike bananas to begin with, I notice that everyone eats them on a daily basis, with their cereal in the morning and/or on their sandwiches. However, we have no idea where the bananas we consume come from or what may have had to happen in order for them to get to our local grocery stores, and bodegas.

Banana Cultures discovers the rise of banana consumption in America, and the effects it has on the environment of the North Coast of Honduras. Honduras exported the most bananas worldwide. He follows the banana trail from when it is farmed to when it hits the marketplace. He explores the active relationship between mass consumption and mass production, which led to many environmental and social changes along Honduras’s North Coast. He uses a wide variety of sources like documents and census data from Honduras for correspondence between the Honduran and United States government, and also many more sources.

I found it very interesting to discover the influence of commodification of bananas in the United States and the effect that this would have on the Honduran people and the environment in this part of the world. I am also hopeful like Soluri that we are starting to change our views on the relationship between food consumption and sustainable advancement. I believe this book was written for the general public. This book is important to environmental history because it sheds light on the effects of being involved in consumerism, not only to the landscape but also to social and political institutions. It gets people thinking about where the products they use come from and the problems of consuming those products can create.

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2 Responses to Olasupo – Blog Post / Banana Cultures

  1. mandygoldstein says:

    I agree with what you are saying here. It’s strange to me how something as mundane as a banana can have such a huge impact on another country.
    I watched a documentary not too long ago about how banana countries were being exploited. The people are kept in debt even though they are supplying the world with these bananas.
    The thing is, as Americans, we just take what we have at face value and never wonder where it’s coming from.


  2. jasonbrackat says:

    It could also be the case that we know what horrors are required to obtain this commodity, but we simply don’t care because it is not us being bathed in harmful chemicals, or having our families gunned down. Just as long as we don’t see the effects it has on those people daily, they are unfortunately easily forgotten.


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