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Pre conference backgrounder


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Pre conference backgrounder

  1. 1. Who really pays for the products we buy?
  2. 2. Going Bananas This is the route that a typical banana takes to get from the banana plantation to our supermarkets ....
  3. 3. <ul><li>Step 1: Banana Farm Workers </li></ul><ul><li>Long hours </li></ul><ul><li>Have to carry heavy loads </li></ul><ul><li>Work in the hot sun </li></ul><ul><li>Have to handle dangerous chemicals </li></ul>Going Bananas
  4. 4. <ul><li>Step 2: Plantation Landowners </li></ul><ul><li>Have to pay the pickers </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure land & equipment are in good shape </li></ul><ul><li>Need to ensure enough bananas are grown </li></ul>Going Bananas
  5. 5. Going Bananas <ul><li>Step 3: Shipping Company </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure bananas aren’t damaged on the trip </li></ul><ul><li>Keep big ships in good working condition </li></ul><ul><li>Buy fuel for large ships </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Step 4: Importer </li></ul><ul><li>Receive bananas from shipping company </li></ul><ul><li>Do paperwork for bananas to enter the country </li></ul>Going Bananas
  7. 7. Going Bananas <ul><li>Step 5: Wholesaler </li></ul><ul><li>Store the bananas in a large warehouse facility </li></ul><ul><li>Artificially ripen the bananas so they’re ready for us to eat </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Step 6: Processor </li></ul><ul><li>Throws away any rotten bananas </li></ul><ul><li>Prepares banana bunches to go onto supermarket shelves </li></ul>Going Bananas
  9. 9. Going Bananas <ul><li>Step 7: Distributor </li></ul><ul><li>Delivers bananas to supermarkets </li></ul><ul><li>Must put fuel into large trucks </li></ul><ul><li>Must maintain large trucks in good working order </li></ul>
  10. 10. Going Bananas <ul><li>Step 8: Retailer (supermarket) </li></ul><ul><li>Stocks bananas on shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Must pay employees who work in the store </li></ul>
  11. 11. Going Bananas So, it looks something like this: Banana Farm Workers (Honduras) Plantation Landowners (Honduras) Shipping Company (USA) Importer (USA) Wholesaler (USA) Processor (USA) Distributor (Canada) Retailer (Canada) Each time the bananas change hands, people need to be paid
  12. 12. Going Bananas To make things easy, we are going to pretend that the price of this banana is $1.00
  13. 13. Going Bananas Now that you know what each person along the way does, how much of the $1.00 price do you think each one deserves for the work that they do? Decide as a group & write down your guesses
  14. 14. Going Bananas Banana Farm Workers = ______ ¢ Plantation Landowners = ______ ¢ Shipping Company = ______ ¢ Importer = ______ ¢ Wholesaler = ______ ¢ Processor = ______ ¢ Distributor = ______ ¢ Retailer = ______ ¢
  15. 15. Going Bananas Here’s the reality .....
  16. 16. Going Bananas
  17. 17. Food for thought How close were your answers? Why do you think your guesses were close, or different from, the reality?
  18. 18. Food for thought In which country did most of the money stay? Why do you think most of the money ended up there?
  19. 19. Food for thought Do you think this system is fair? If you answered NO , then what is not fair about it? How can we change this system?
  20. 20. Where we are NOW We have been using this system for decades to buy & sell products. The main goal of this system is for consumers to buy a lot, but pay little.
  21. 21. How can we focus more on money than on the people that actually make the things we buy? Where we are NOW
  22. 22. Where we are GOING At MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade you will learn what fair trade is doing to bring the focus back to the farmers and improve the quality of life for millions around the world!