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by Slow Food USA intern Sara Hoffman

Yesterday in the New York Times, Dan Koeppel, the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World (which will be reviewed in the upcoming Snail), published an opinion piece about the homogenization and industrialization of the banana.

It’s a good reminder of the deceptive economic, social, and environmental toll of this recent staple of the American diet. For a more ethical alternative, check out Oké Banana, a group working towards fair trade bananas in the U.S.