Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States 6th Edition 9780292712560
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Author: John Soluri
Book Name: Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States
Subject Name: Social-science

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Winner George Perkins Marsh Award for Best Book in Environmental History American Society for Environmental History 2007 Bananas the most frequently consumed fresh fruit in the United States have been linked to Miss Chiquita and Carmen Miranda "banana republics" and Banana Republic clothing stores-everything from exotic kitsch to Third World dictatorships to middle-class fashion. But how did the rise in banana consumption in the United States affect the banana-growing regions of Central America? In this lively interdisciplinary study John Soluri integrates agroecology anthropology political economy and history to trace the symbiotic growth of the export banana industry in Honduras and the consumer mass market in the United States. Beginning in the 1870s when bananas first appeared in the U.S. marketplace Soluri examines the tensions between the small-scale growers who dominated the trade in the early years and the shippers. He then shows how rising demand led to changes in production that resulted in the formation of major agribusinesses spawned international migrations and transformed great swaths of the Honduran environment into monocultures susceptible to plant disease epidemics that in turn changed Central American livelihoods. Soluri also looks at labor practices and workers' lives changing gender roles on the banana plantations the effects of pesticides on the Honduran environment and people and the mass marketing of bananas to consumers in the United States. His multifaceted account of a century of banana production and consumption adds an important chapter to the history of Honduras as well as to the larger history of globalization and its effects on rural peoples local economies and biodiversity.Read more

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