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By John Soluri

Bananas, the main usually fed on clean fruit within the usa, were associated with pass over Chiquita and Carmen Miranda, "banana republics," and Banana Republic garments stores—everything from unique kitsch, to 3rd global 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 vital the USA? during this vigorous, interdisciplinary learn, John Soluri integrates agroecology, anthropology, political financial system, and background to track the symbiotic progress of the export banana in Honduras and the shopper mass marketplace within the United States.

Beginning within the 1870s while 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 exhibits how emerging call for ended in alterations in construction that ended in the formation of significant agribusinesses, spawned overseas migrations, and reworked nice swaths of the Honduran atmosphere into monocultures prone to plant ailment epidemics that during flip replaced imperative American livelihoods. Soluri additionally seems at exertions practices and employees' lives, altering gender roles at the banana plantations, the consequences of insecticides at the Honduran atmosphere and other people, and the mass advertising of bananas to shoppers within the usa. His multifaceted account of a century of banana construction and intake provides an immense bankruptcy to the historical past 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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