The process of producing bananas to feed worldwide demand has been, and continues to be, environmentally destructive. In the late 1800s, entrepreneurs from Britain and the United States, using morally dubious means, obtained vast areas of largely unpopulated but rich and biodiverse coastal rainforest. From this time forward, banana cultivation has involved clear-cutting tracts of primary rainforest in favor of banana monoculture. These plantations are abandoned, and the process repeated, once factors such as soil depletion or pest infestation begin to lower yields.
Photo provided by Flickr
Inside growing also contributes to environmental issues due to the excessive use in water and fertilizer and the green house gases that are emitted. CO2 generators, fueled by natural gas or propane, are often used to raise indoor CO2 levels and boost plant productivity. These CO2 levels are raised to 4x the natural levels, about 1600 ppm(v) . This is responsible for 25% of the carbon footprint produced by indoor cultivation.
Modern Plantation Shutters Sydney, Melbourne, …
Photo provided by Flickr
Food Empowerment Project strives to inform people about where their food comes from so they can make the most ethical choices possible. And, we admit, bananas are tough. For many, it is a reasonably priced fruit that contains many beneficial nutrients, but buying conventional bananas contributes to both environmental and human rights abuses.
Forests – Natural Vegetation of India | PMF IAS
A Human Rights Watch report on the banana industry in Ecuador, the center of Dole’s production and trade, found widespread child labor on plantations. Those interviewed worked 12-hour days, on average, and completed many dangerous and physically demanding tasks. These children, some as young as eight, wielded sharp tools and pulled loads of bananas from place to place in the plantation, and lacked adequate access to drinking water and bathrooms. Well below half were attending school, and yet all they earned for this sacrifice was a little over half the legal minimum wage. Three young girls reported being sexually harassed.
Statistical Data | Forestry South Africa
The broad question being examined is whether or not growing marijuana has an effect on the environment. If it does then what are those effects? The other question being addressed is how each growing style influences the environment. The purpose of this study is to indicate whether or not growing marijuana has positive or negative effects on the environment, based on the three broad growing strategies: in-door, greenhouse, and outdoor. To figure this out different articles, all focusing on how growing marijuana effects the environment, were examined. A main finding was that all types of growing have a negative effect on the environment, with greenhouse growing having the least. Also important is how growing marijuana outdoors is contributing to putting animals on the endangered species list!
The Plantation Swim Team held its first Blue & White meet today
In the Windward Islands of the West Indies, this is having a disproportionate impact on women, who make up the majority of banana farmers there. The decline in the price of bananas in the region over the past decades, and a corresponding reduction in banana cultivation, has already increased poverty and unemployment and worsened living conditions among rural women. Single women head almost 40 percent of Caribbean households, meaning that for many banana farmers, there is no second income to buffer the effects of the banana industry’s decline. In banana plantations throughout the world, women are often employed in contingent and unskilled positions in which their salaries are not always commensurate with those of male laborers and where a lack of access to on-site child care, combined with their traditional role as food providers for their families, puts full-time employment out of reach.