Accounting for Taste: Export Bananas, Mass Markets, and Panama Disease



  • Authors : Soluri, J.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 2002

  • Journal title : Environmental History

  • Volume (number) : 7 (3)


  • Pages : 386-404

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 1930-8892; 1084-5453

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : This essay seeks to explain why the major fruit companies operating in Central America and the Caribbean delayed in converting to Panama disease-resistant varieties for nearly fifty years. The author argues that the industry's response to the epidemic is best understood by focusing on the interactions between the banana's biology, the agroecology of tropical monocultures, and the structures, actors, and discourses that shaped international mass markets.

  • Keywords : HISTORY; MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES; CENTRAL AMERICA; FUSARIUM WILT; EXPORT TRADE

  • Open access : No

  • Document on publisher's site : close View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN140024


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