Where do bananas come from

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Where do bananas come from February

There are 124 Transport trailers on that boat – two boats a week arrive in San Diego.  One is from Costa Rica, the other from Hondouras.  As soon as the ship is emptied it is sent back with empty trailers to fill again.

It`s been very powerful seeing the boat there for the whole week I have been here.  The irony that I have travelled from just as far as the bananas is not lost on me.

I don`t eat a lot of bananas – maybe 1 a year.  I do eat plenty of other food from just as far, especially in the winter.  There can be many complex problems with eating locally as well so this isn`t drawing any significant conclusion.

It is, however, making me think.  A lot.


  1. This is one food choice issue that has stymied me. I have become very careful about food purchases (what, grown how, where, by whom), but I have not been able to give up bananas despite knowing all the points against them.

    About one of your previous posts: Your sprout experiment inspired us to give it a try. I bought a good jar with a lid that has a built-in support (which props the jar up on an angle) and several packets of sprouting seeds. A sandwich mix was a quick success, the mung beans were okay (but need a different technique), and we have broccoli sprouts underway now. The payback is indeed very fast given the cost of commercial sprouts in their non-recyclable containers. That was a great suggestion!

  2. I’ve been reading a great book called ‘Confessions of an Eco Sinner’ which has a chapter about bananas that is SO interesting. he talks about how bananas are genetically unchanged since they were first domesticated because the fruit is a mutant that has no seeds and therefore the only edible bananas are the ones that can’t breed more delicious fruit. as a result they cannot evolve immunity to disease and there are some projections that the current banana type will soon be no more. anyway, i can’t do it justice in a comment, but well worth a read. as is the rest of the book. i’m planning a more indepth review of the whole book on our blog soon as i have time…


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