I watched the programme Food: What Goes in Your Basket on Channel 4 this week and the piece on Fairtrade banana trading with St Lucia gave me occasion to reflect. I adore bananas, but sometimes wonder if we should be buying from so far away. Shipping is still incredibly carbon-heavy and most times of year there is plenty of European fruit to provide some choice. But, like it or not, as a nation we have had a part in creating a global economy and while our monetary systems are still creating havoc with food prices, it’s important to show solidarity with growers on the other side of the world too. Have a look at the programme – our bananas mainly come from the Dominican Republic but I’m guessing the simple co-operative process that gets them from farm to port is fairly similar. Watch again on 4OD, and find out about the World Development Movement’s campaign on food speculation at www.wdm.org.uk.
January 13th, 2010 → 3:38 pm @ Marlene