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Hey Chiquita, Dole: Isn't the use of tar sands bananas?

Last week, banana distributors Chiquita and Dole were confronted by full-page ads in USA Today challenging their use of energy from Canadian tar sands.

Forest Ethics placed the ads to expose and criticize the banana producers’ use of diesel from tar sands deposits in Alberta, Canada, for shipping and refrigeration. The timing comes as a decision from the Obama administration on the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, amidst vocal protests and demonstrations, is imminent.

James Hansen of NASA, the preeminent spokesman for the scientific community on this issue, has called the pipeline, “a game-over proposition for climate change.”

One of the ads reads, “It takes a lot of fuel to get a banana from the tropics to the produce aisle of your grocery store. Unfortunately, Dole uses fuel made from Canada’s Tar Sands — some of the dirtiest oil on Earth — to bring you its bananas. Extreme energy from the Tar Sands isn’t monkey business—it poisons water, air and communities, while ravaging one of our most important resources: North America’s Boreal Forest.”

The ad goes on to ask, “Does the fuel we buy reflect our values?”

It's easy to see that demand for the products utilizing Tar Sands Oil and any oil for that matter makes it difficult to stop production of the product.  As consumers we need to make the decisions that will make a difference and decrease demand.  When you're in the market making your shopping decisions you have incredible power.  Say no to Dole and Chiquita bananas and to other products such as meat that keep us tied to the use of fossil fuels.  

Tell Dole and Chiquita NO to Tar Sands bananas here!

For the latest in action stopping the Tar Sands pipeline go here!

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  •  Color me confused (1+ / 0-)
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    jsfox

    But is oil not sold on the international crude market, and customers buying fuel simply buy fuel?

    Are these two companies doing something wrong? or different? or less moral than other companies?

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 11:17:56 AM PDT

    •  if you look in the links you will see that (2+ / 0-)
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      twigg, GAladybug

      there are businesses that have agreed to stop their use of tar sands oil.   This is putting pressure on a corporation to do the right thing....it can be done.  Don't accept business at usual.

    •  so you won't be confused....this is how (2+ / 0-)
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      twigg, passionateprotagonist

      companies can be selective in their oil purchases

      To back up its new position, Whole Foods eliminated Tar Sands-linked fuel at one of its distribution centers and committed to work with ForestEthics and others to replace all fuel supplies connected with Canada’s Tar Sands.
      Bed Bath & Beyond has agreed to make the Tar Sands an issue in the bidding process it follows for selecting transportation providers. This provides a competitive opportunity for providers that can demonstrate their commitment to fuels with lower well-tank carbon emissions and lower overall environmental and social impacts.
      •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        beach babe in fl

        I'm skeptical ... not of you or your Diary, but of companies who say they can do this.

        Chiquita and Dole ship bananas across oceans, and those ships bunker fuel all over the place. I'd be surprised if the companies can legislate where the oil comes from.

        Whole Foods are a grocery. Quite how they ensure their fuel supplier is "Tar Sands Free" is difficult to fathom.

        On the other hand, them saying they do, or try to, does add weight and raise awareness.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        by twigg on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 12:07:07 PM PDT

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  •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

    I have to agree with Twigg here. Diesel from tar sand get's mixed in with with diesel from all other sources. How can anyone single out one or two particular companies as being bigger users of diesel from tar sands than any other type of diesel.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 11:22:39 AM PDT

    •  by making the companies agree to stop (0+ / 0-)

      purchasing oil from the Tar Sands...that is how to stop them.

      Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond have agreed to stop use of Tar Sands oil for transportation...it can be done

      http://www.forestethics.org/...

      •  You haven't answered the question (0+ / 0-)

        how do you know how much of the diesel they purchase is from Tar Sands. Next I am not sure why Chiquita or Dole are singled out since neither owns or runs ships for transporting bananas. The days of the United Fruit's Great White Fleet are long gone. All shipping is now contracted out. Transport is now handled by independent shipping companies who are contracted.

        Next bananas are kept 56-59 degrees to suspend ripening for shipping any colder and the ripening process is stalled permanently and the fruit turns brown. Again this refrigeration, as minimal as it is, is handled by the shipping company not Dole or Chiquita. They are then held in air tight ripening rooms owned by distributors not Chiquita or Dole, pumped with ethylene gas to hasten ripening. They are not refrigerated.

        Look I am not questioning not using tar sands. I questioning the claim that these two companies can some how be singled out as users of only tar sands or greater users than any other company that purchases diesel fuel.

        In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

        by jsfox on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 11:53:26 AM PDT

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        •  Whole foods and Bed Bath and beyond are using (0+ / 0-)

          these procedures and being selective in their contracting..Dole and chiquita can be selective in their contractors also

          To back up its new position, Whole Foods eliminated Tar Sands-linked fuel at one of its distribution centers and committed to work with ForestEthics and others to replace all fuel supplies connected with Canada’s Tar Sands.
          Bed Bath & Beyond has agreed to make the Tar Sands an issue in the bidding process it follows for selecting transportation providers. This provides a competitive opportunity for providers that can demonstrate their commitment to fuels with lower well-tank carbon emissions and lower overall environmental and social impacts.
          •  Again (0+ / 0-)

            some one needs to explain to me how tar sands oil that gets mixed in to the market once refined can be singled out. It is all well and good to say they are going to make the effort. How do they know what diesel comes from tar sands and which doesn't. So far you cannot answer this question anymore than I can.

            In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

            by jsfox on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 12:28:59 PM PDT

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            •  perhaps you should contact the companies (0+ / 0-)

              and ask them the specifics.  I am satisfied that there is an effort to lessen use of the oil and the best is to lessen demand by not buying the products that incorporate it's use.

              Contact Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond for their specifics.

  •  YES! BeachBabe (2+ / 0-)

    Glad you posted link to next steps, too. I signed up already for both actions! Going to be a busy September but we have to get these OFA folks on board. Take advantage of the most successful grassroots organizing in the US to activate!

    Thanks also for the link to bananas. Will do:)

  •  banana options (0+ / 0-)

    I love bananas, so I had to look into this....

    It appears that Del Monte individually wraps their bananas.  Huh?  

    Bonita's not any better. Their banana distributor has a solid anti-labor record.

    What's another good source of potassium,  bb?

    Thanks. :)  

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