By John Soluri
Bananas, the main usually ate up clean fruit within the usa, were associated with leave out Chiquita and Carmen Miranda, "banana republics," and Banana Republic garments stores—everything from unique kitsch, to 3rd international dictatorships, to middle-class type. yet how did the increase in banana intake within the usa have an effect on the banana-growing areas of principal the USA? during this full of life, interdisciplinary learn, John Soluri integrates agroecology, anthropology, political financial system, and background to track the symbiotic development of the export banana in Honduras and the shopper mass marketplace within the United States.
Beginning within the 1870s whilst bananas first seemed within the U.S. industry, Soluri examines the tensions among the small-scale growers, who ruled the alternate within the early years, and the shippers. He then indicates how emerging call for ended in alterations in creation that ended in the formation of significant agribusinesses, spawned foreign migrations, and reworked nice swaths of the Honduran setting into monocultures prone to plant ailment epidemics that during flip replaced crucial American livelihoods. Soluri additionally appears at hard work practices and staff' lives, altering gender roles at the banana plantations, the consequences of insecticides at the Honduran setting and other people, and the mass advertising and marketing of bananas to shoppers within the usa. His multifaceted account of a century of banana creation and intake provides a big bankruptcy to the heritage of Honduras, in addition to to the bigger background of globalization and its results on rural peoples, neighborhood economies, and biodiversity.
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Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States by John Soluri