Banana plantations workers and banana industry in Caribbean and South America. - Photos taken in Costa Rica (Puerto Limon), Panama (Changuinola), Colombia (Aracataca)
Eighty per cent of the exported bananas in the world are grown in Latin America. More than three quarters of the international banana trade is controlled by three big companies. Dole Food Co., Chiquita Brands International, both American, and a Chilean Fresh del Monte compose 15 per cent of the world production. Local farmers have no other alternative than to sell for a price offered by the multinational companies. When working conditions and ecology is in question, the big companies have nothing to do with it ? the plantations are not theirs, they are only buyers.
Photography by Jan Sochor (Hits: 91103)
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