If you are interested in food sources, nutrition, GMOs, and the “eat local” concept, you should read this article and the comments. After buying some bananas at Target today, I found myself wondering if they were a point of contention being that they are one of the most popular fruits in America yet aren’t grown here. Quick Internet search: yep, they can lead to some pretty contentious discussions.
The comments here touch on everything from basic nutrition facts (how much potassium does a banana have?) to “banana republics” to ethylene gas to red state vs. blue state rancor. Many “facts” are posited, questioned, debunked, reasserted. Apparently, sometimes a banana is more than just a banana.
The more you can learn about the food you eat and where it comes from, the better educated and healthier you will be, in general. Get the facts (from a trustworthy source) and decide for yourself, about bananas or anything else. For me, this article is a jumping-off point to investigate a slew of things I’ve wanted to know more about.
Here are the bananas I bought today. You can see one sports a “Rainforest Alliance Certified” sticker. What does that mean?
Well, you can read more about it here. So is this group reputable? I don’t know right now. But I will keep trying to find out. I don’t want to be accused of promoting “a bunch of hippy… dippy… baloney” (said in my best Lord Business voice). I take enough flak as it is for being the liberal in the family. 🙂
Many thanks to my two little kids for taking a tandem nap for the first time in ages, and allowing me to post this.