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  1. Introduction
  2. Some useful informations
  3. Some informations about history
  4. The reasons of the dispute
  5. The american answer
  6. How much did the war of bananas cost?

I have found this argument interesting because it is important to introduce to the public, the serious situation in which they are forced to work as workers of the third world. With this, I want to denounce the serious violations of the rights of the workers working in multinationals, that produce and commercialize bananas all over the world. With their methods, the multinationals not only undermine the health of who works in their extended plantations, but also they threaten the health of the consumers of the first world.

[...] As Eduardo Galleano has just written, in the third book of Memory of fire (Rizzoli, Milan, 2001): "the reign of the banana had been saved from the danger of the agrarian reform". As we have been able to see, the banana is not produced alone in Latin America, but also in Africa. That has made yes that it has become, in the second half of XX the century, object of crash between opposite imperialism, more just between the USA lobbies, that they dominated to the production of the Latin American continent and those of the European Union, than, inheriting the ways trades them of hardly passed colonialism, dominated the productions of Africa and a part of Asia. [...]


[...] Next to this point it could be thought that caught up the agreement the war of bananas ended. Null of all that. The last battle regards the amount of the custom office. The producers contest to the European Commission the measure of the fixed custom office to 176 euro/t, judged too much elevated from the mostly South American producers (that they enjoy the status of "more favourite nation"). In the regulations in force the preferential quota for the coming from imports from Countries the ACP, is maintained. [...]


[...] With these agreements it trades them the banana exports from Africa to the UE are passages from the 300,000 tons of 1993 to the 500,000 of 2002. On 53 Africans countries produce, but only 16 export bananas in Europe. With the increase of the UE also to the countries of the former Soviet block, the demand for bananas from part of the UE is increased and new markets have been opened. The USA multinationals of bananas have been looked at cut outside from an enormous slice of market, moreover they never had appreciated the alternative that agreements EU and the ACP proposed the European consumer. [...]

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