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Banana Expose?

Asked by TheGreenBrideGuide (178points) October 25th, 2008

Does anyone know of a documentary about banana production in the tropics? I would like to show a 10–20 minute clip for a class.

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jvgr's avatar

Since I see you’ve tagged this worker’s rights, I’ll just add this to the mix:

Chiquita McCain & Terrorists

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Bit of trivia: At one point, Fulton KY was the Banana Capital of America because 70% of all bananas shipped to the US went through there. They had a banana festival every year.

jvgr's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock, what period of time was that?

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

jvgr, Fulton’s banana history began in the 1920’s, and lasted through the 1960’s. Fulton is in the very southwest corner of KY, on the Mississippi River. This is part of the area when the Mississippi River ran backwards during the New Madrid earthquake of 1811. Anyhow, the reason Fulton became the banana capital was the railroads all went through there. Bananas that came by boat to ports along the Gulf, and would be loaded onto rail cars that were cooled by ice. Fulton was where the train cars would be re-iced, and the trains re-routed to their various locations. Amtrak still has service going through Fulton.

The banana festival started in 1963 and rand through 1992, featured a 1 ton banana pudding.

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