Banana Split : To Eat or Not to Eat

TitleBanana Split : To Eat or Not to Eat
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCarris, LM, Jackson, NL
Date Published11/2010
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAGRICULTURE , agroforestry , Banana , black , business , BUSINESS ethics , Developing , ecoagriculture , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , Environmental Sciences , ethical , Fair , fungal , fungicide , Fusarium , Latin , organic , Panama , pesticide , rainforest , Social Justice , tropics
AbstractThis case focuses on the banana, the most popular fruit in the world. In the first part of the case, students are introduced to the history of "Banana Republics" and the biological constraints to banana production, including the devastating fungal pathogens that cause black Sigatoka and Panama disease. In the second part, they learn about ethical consumerism, organic and conventional agriculture, and Fair Trade products. The case was developed for an interdisciplinary capstone course, "Global Issues in the Sciences." It could also be used in courses in environmental studies, general biology, agriculture, and plant pathology.
Abbreviated Case NameBanana Split : To Eat or Not to Eat
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