[Sca-cooks] OOP Bananas

Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Wed Jun 18 13:40:14 PDT 2008

Well, yeah, it's complicated. BTW, in a similar philosophical issue, I've 
pretty much given up eating fish because of the way the world's oceans have 
been decimated by the global fishing industry. Not on a crusade or anything, 
just a personal decision- I love fish and shellfish, but between that and 
pollutants, I just can only rarely bring myself to eat fish any more-I think 
the last time was when Daniel brought home a dozen Spanish mackerel that 
they caught when he was out on the boat doing coastal geology stuff. I still 
happily eat chicken and pork and beef, no veggie heads in this house! No 
claims for philosophical consistency, either. PRobably will keep eating 
bananas, maybe get the organic ones once in a while, altho they're way more 
expensive, and that doesn't address the political issues around the growing 
practices, either. The disease one's been coming, I read about that a couple 
of years ago. Just more reason to be interested in heirloom varieties, it 
would seem.

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
Frank Zappa

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like 
administering medicine to the dead.
Thomas Paine
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry Decker" <t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] OOP Bananas

> If everyone stops eating bananas, what happens to the people who work the 
> plantations?  They probably start growing cocaine for a cash crop.  Simply 
> boycotting bananas is not an answer.  It won't hurt the fruit companies, 
> which are diversified corporations.  It may irritate the governments a 
> little, but that won't be permanent.  The people that will get hurt are 
> the little guys who lose their jobs.
> Bear
>> Found this while reading the White Lily Story:
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/opinion/18koeppel.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=bananas&st=nyt&oref=slogin
>> And I just made banana bread this weekend past! Bleah, gues I have to 
>> stop eating them, feel like a prat for being a complacent middle class 
>> American. You hear cocaine cited as one of the causes of Latin America's 
>> problems, but not bananas, not much. Wonder if there are any banana 
>> varieties that will grow in North Florida...
>> YIS
>> Isabella
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