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Banana Split is a documentary created in 2002 by Ron Harpelle and Kelly Saxberg. This documentary follows the history of the United Fruit Company, (now known today as Chiquita banana) and the fundamental impacts this company has had on banana workers in banana-producing regions. The film grapples with the realities of globalization and presents us with some serious moral dilemmas present in our globalized trade system. Following the documentary the hosts will open the room up to discussion, to share thoughts on this industry and brainstorm ways to make it better. Downloadables: poster, discussion questions, Kahoot instructions. [wpdm_package id='9521'][wpdm_package id='9537'][wpdm_package id='9539']  

Directed by Jason Glaser, this story is about the most popular fruit in the world: bananas. Despite it’s delicious taste, the unanimous popularity of the banana lies in its low cost to the consumer; it's decidedly cheaper than other fruits in the supermarket such as apples or pears. This documentary is a deep dive into that low cost, It reveals the conditions in which bananas are produced and the business models that accompany those condition. Following the documentary the host will open the room up to discussion, to share thought on this industry and brainstorm ways to make it better. [wpdm_package id='9518'][wpdm_package id='9541'][wpdm_package id='9543']

Fairtrade Banana jeopardy is a fun and easy way to engage your even go-ers, test their knowledge and learn about some of the issues facing banana producers today. This event should take anywhere between 30 – 45 minutes depending on speed of the players and the depth of the conversation. The game can be played from start to finish or it can be broken up for a tabling event in which contestants may only answer 1 question or do “best-out-of-3” to earn a small price. It is recommended (but not mandatory)  to run this game after a presentation on fair trade that covers some of these points. Questions can be modified by your group to reflect the talking points you wish to highlight. [wpdm_package id='9432'] [wpdm_package id='9509'] [wpdm_package id='9510'] [wpdm_package id='9513'] [wpdm_package id='9515']

Fairtrade Banana Oat Bites We adapted this recipe from Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks recipe for Nikki’s Healthy Cookie Recipe. We substituted in some Fairtrade goodies and added peanut butter because who doesn’t love peanut butter & bananas! It’s simple and delicious, with no added sugar and can be made gluten free if you seek out GF oats! Enjoy, Fairtrade banana lovers!! 1 ½ cup mashed Equifruit Fairtrade bananas (about 4 small or 3 large) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ coconut oil (melted, but not hot) ¼ cup peanut butter 2 cups rolled oats 1/3 cup Fairtrade shredded coconut (we used Camino’s unsweetened) ½ tsp Fairtrade cinnamon (we used Cha’s true cinnamon) ½ tsp sea salt 1tsp baking powder 6-7 oz Fairtrade chocolate chips (we used Camino’s bittersweet!) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine bananas, vanilla, coconut oil and peanut butter. In a

We spoke to husband & wife team Ron Harpelle and Kelly Saxberg of Shebafilms about their 2002 film, Banana Split, which profiles the rise and practices of the United Fruit Company / Chiquita – as well as asking Canadians:  do you know where your bananas come from?  The Thunder Bay natives give a uniquely Canadian twist to the film, with the opening shots juxtaposing a Canadian snowstorm with a Honduran banana plantation.  So, we asked them… How did you get interested in bananas? Ron:  I’m a Professor in the History Department at Lakehead University, and was studying the migration of West Indian workers to Central America.  I had spent time in Costa Rica on my research, and witnessed the effects of the banana industry first-hand.  In 1998, I got a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to put together a

This week marks two big “firsts” for Equifruit:  the introduction of Fairtrade bananas into Canada, and the sale of these bananas to an institutional customer.  Concordia University became Canada’s 17th Fairtrade Campus back in August 2016 with commitments on Fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate across campus – but through its campus food service provider, Aramark, Concordia has upped its commitment to ethical purchasing and earned the title of “First Campus in Canada to go Fairtrade on Bananas”.   Aramark’s National Manager of Sustainability Michael Yarymowich was on hand for the festivities at Concordia this week so we asked him… 1. How many campus food services does Aramark manage in Canada? What are your customers looking for when they say “sustainability”? The level of awareness surrounding food systems and responsible sourcing has never been higher on Canadian campuses.  There are many areas of

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