Bananas

$3.00

1 bunch (5-6 count) of organic bananas.

Equal Exchange Bananas, Organic and Fair Trade

Where they're from: Ecuador and Peru

EE Co-Op Partners: ASOGUABO, APOQ, AVACH

Why: Thought to have originated in the South Pacific, bananas made their way to the African continent by the 5th or 6th century. From there, colonizers brought bananas to Europe where the name was derived from the Guinean word “banane.” Though bananas are a staple crop grown and consumed in tropical regions, they have also become a staple in American diets at all times of the day. These Fair Trade, Organic Bananas give small farmers an additional premium on top of the price of the fruit to help their communities and ensure the dignity of the local workers.  You can read more about our decision to add Organic, Fair Trade bananas here.

Additional Resources: 

Recommended readings from Equal Exchange website: 

  • Koeppel, Dan. Banana: the Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World
  • Jones, Geoffrey and Marcelo Bucheli. “The Octopus and the Generals: The United Fruit Company in Guatemala” (Harvard Business Case)
  • Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer
  • In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900–1995 by Steve Striffler