I just learned the Dole organic banana on my cereal I ate this morning, came all the way to Austin, Texas from La Guajira, Colombia.
How do I know? Tagged on the traditional Dole brand banana sticker is a tiny message: “Visit our Farm at doleorganic.com FARM 776. I went to the Web site and found Dole currently lists about 30 organic farms that supply their products.
My banana came from the Don Pedro Farm, “In the heart of La Guajira desert with a great view of the snowed peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Dole Colombia operates a farm called Don Pedro. This farm has over 310 hectares of organic bananas and was established in 2005. This farm is currently certified under EU and NOP organic rules, ISO 14000 and SA 8000. Don Pedro promises to be one of the best producing organic banana farms in Latin America.”
Dole has photos of the actual farm and some of the farm workers. This is a very impressive example of corporate transparency when it comes to environmental claims.
I’m glad to support this other country’s farmers with my purchase, but what about the carbon pollution from the ‘food miles’ it takes to ship 2,113 miles to my grocery store? Dole appears to be working on that, finding ways to offset those emissions.
So, why can’t all their bananas be organic (and the same price as non-organic)? Their web site makes no promises to be fully-organic, but encourages customers to keep the market growing, by continuing to purchase their organic certified bananas and pineapples.