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Banana Wars

Four Factors of Globalization and it's part in Banana Wars.
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Jessica Simons

on 18 September 2011

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Transcript of Banana Wars

Banana Wars Economic Factors Banana workers in Equador earn about $6.40 Cdn a day making them the lowest paid workers in Latin America. Banana's are the least expensive fruit due to the large supply of banana's. Children who work on the plantations work on average 12h a day and most are between the ages of 8-13, less than 40% were still in school. Political Factors In the 1990's the European government agreed to continue extending an economic helping hand to Jamaica and St. Lucia, no taxes were placed on these banana's, this situation started a trade conflict. Environmental Factors Equador exports most bananas. Some Rainforest's must be cleared to make room for banana plantations, this reduces biodiversity in the environment. Pesticides and herbicides are used to kill pests and plants that interfere with the growth of bananas. This is a contributer to the exceding supply of bananas Social Factors There are laws in place that should protect workers in Equador unfortunatly these laws are often ignored If any worker tried to form a union they were usually fired or blacklisted. Transnationals corporations ( Dole, DelMonte and Chiquita) run the banana plantations. Transportation Transnationals reduce cost with controlling ships and containers. Banana's get shipped to other countries then they are delivered to stores and later become groceries for consumers. Trade Canada cannot produce banana's due to our cold climate. This is why Canada trades with other countries; so we can get the goods we like, but cannot produce ourselves. Communication The WTO and the European government have to communicate with one another in order to address the taxing issues. Media A negative aspect is that workers are often put in dangerous and unhealthy working conditions. Media seems to portray the negative aspects of banana wars.
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