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If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire

- George Monbiot

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- H. L. Mencken
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

How is this possible?

How can one cucumber from Spain cost more than a kilo bananas from Costa Rica? Bear in mind that I live in Germany, and compared to Costa Rica, Spain is within spitting distance. I'm figuring we're either getting gouged on cucumbers or someone is subsidizing bananas. Could one of the more agriculturally or economically inclined readers clear me up on this?

1 comment:

  1. A few years ago there was a bit of a trade hoo-ha over Britain and France subsidizing small banana growers - 2 to 10 trees perhaps].
    Chiquita, who have massive operation in either Honduras or Guatemala felt aggrieved and got Clinton to put pressure on at the GATT talks.

    Anyhow I've noticed that bananas are amazingly cheap , yet local apples prove quite expensive .

    Chiquita have been cited for supporting regimes who will use their police and armies 'for Chiquita' in worker disputes.

    I live in Czech so there's still access to all the local produce and I rarely feel the need to buy cheap, multinational imports over cottage grown apples.