Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Texas Press
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This book began as a research question focused on the relationship between social and environmental change in Honduras. Over many years, it has evolved into a study of the mass production and mass consumption of bananas—the most frequently consumed...
Any project that is ten years in the making accumulates a long list of people and institutions to thank. My journey into the lowland tropical regions of Honduras began in Oswego, New York, a place better known for its blizzards than bananas. I have had the good fortune...
Introduction: Linking Places of Production and Consumption
Chances are good that most U.S. readers who pick up this book will have eaten a banana in the recent past. Chances are equally good that they will not remember the experience because banana eating in the United States has become rather banal. But this was not always...
1. Going Bananas
In the mid-1840s, Thomas Young, Deputy Superintendent of the British Central American Land Company, traveled along the Río Negro, one of many rivers that cut through the narrow coastal plain that stretches along Honduras’s Caribbean coastline. Paddling upstream...
2. Space Invaders
On a cold December night in New Orleans in 1910, deposed Honduran President Manuel Bonilla slipped aboard Sam ‘‘Banana Man’’ Zemurray’s private yacht moored on Lake Pontchartrain. The yacht carried the ex-president across the lake and into the Mississippi...
3. Altered Landscapes and Transformed Livelihoods
‘‘I believe, Honorable Minister, that the true sons of Honduras should not be impeded when we want to work our own lands,’’ wrote a frustrated Víctor Medina Romero on October 8, 1932, in a letter addressed to the Honduran minister of...
4. Sigatoka, Science, and Control
In late October 1935, a powerful storm struck the Sula valley. After three consecutive days of heavy winds and torrential rains, the Ulúa and Chamelecón rivers overflowed their banks, destroying crops, drowning livestock, and washing out villages, labor camps...
5. Revisiting the Green Prison
Juan Sotano awoke and rolled out of his hammock when the first rays of dawn were more imaginary than real. Bending over to pull on a pair of muddied shoes, he felt a dull throbbing in his forehead—a reminder of the previous night’s...
6. The Lives and Time of Miss Chiquita
Miss Chiquita was born on the airwaves in 1944.That year, the United Fruit Company launched a nationwide radio campaign that featured the voice of Patty Clayton singing the ‘‘Chiquita Banana Song.’’ The tune, set to a calypso beat, achieved hit status and found...
7. La Química
One day in the early 1950s, United Fruit Company research assistant Jorge Romero was supervising a work crew applying an agrochemical through the irrigation system.1 As the sun climbed in the tropical sky, the smell of the rapidly vaporizing chemical penetrated...
8. Banana Cultures in Comparative Perspective
When Hondurans turned on their radios the morning of April 22, 1975, they learned from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that Colonel Juan Melgar Castro was the new Chief of State, replacing General Oswaldo López Arellano, who two weeks...
Page Count: 336
Illustrations: 25 figures, 5 maps, 2 tables
Publication Year: 2006
OCLC Number: 320324239
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