Banana is the second most produced fruit worldwide, but it is also the second most chemically intensive crop after cotton. Banana crops are particularly susceptible to infestations as most are grown in the tropics, favouring conditions for pests. Pesticides are used to control different banana pests, including Black Sigatoka, which in banana plantations can significantly decrease yields by 35% to 50%. Contamination caused by the intensive use of agrochemicals in monoculture production remains a challenge.
Up to 200L of very toxic active pesticide ingredients are sprayed per hectare/year up to 45 times/year, creating a harmful impact on people (including acute poisoning), and the environment (water and soil contamination, reduction of biodiversity, poisoning of pollinators and wildlife). The debate on pesticides is dominated by consumer concerns about pesticide residues in food. Less attention is given to the impacts on farmers, their families and people who live in villages around the traditional banana plantation, who are generally much more exposed to pesticides than the population at large.
At a social level low salaries and poor social security effect the workers. Many of them works for 12 hours per day, without a payslip and paid holiday. Only 65% are covered by half of which has only 50% insurance coverage. Despite Ecuador government has fixed a minimum salary of less than 400 euros, this is not enough for most of the workers. In 2016 the cost of a family shopping amounted to about 598 euros. Women usually work in the packing stations and normally receive a lower salary. In many cases the women get fired because pregnancy has been reported.
LET´S MAKE BANANA 100% FAIR TO THE PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
We want to create a positive social and environmental impact with Banabar. We made sure to use only organic ingredients. Our mission is to promote healthy and pleasurable snacking experiences with Banabar and help fight social and environmental exploitation involved in banana farming. We source our dried organic banana from Ecuador, where supporting the growth of the organic banana plantations is our way to fight against the industry norm of using highly poisonous and carcinogenic pesticides such as Paraquat and Mancozeb.
Profits in the organic production are usually higher due to higher prices of the outputs and no cost for chemicals, considering also the lower carbon emissions and health costs. We commit 1% of our total revenue to support the farmers we work with.
In 10 years time we are aiming to sell more than 20 million products/ year based on dried banana. That means that about 400 tons of dried banana will be used, which is equal to 1400 tons of fresh bananas produced on 56 hectares. We will save up to 11 tons of toxic active pesticide ingredients and we will commit 200.000 euros per year to the banana farmers to increase income of farmers, payslips of workers, and improve social security.
We will make millions of customers happy with our healthy and yummy products, create awareness and convince people to buy more organic and fairtrade fresh bananas, making even more impact.
Do Good While Snacking.