EARTH University Bananas
For more than fifteen years, EARTH University faculty, staff, and
students have been experimenting on EARTH´s on-campus banana
farm. Together, they have developed new techniques to increase quality
and reduce the environmental and social impact of commercial banana
production. Several of the environmental management techniques developed
at EARTH over the years have become banana industry standards.
As part of a broad partnership with Whole Foods Market, bananas
from EARTH´s on-campus farm are now exclusively available
in nearly all Whole Foods Market stores in the United States. EARTH
is proud to participate in Whole Foods Market´s Whole Trade™
Guarantee program which ensures products are produced according
to strict quality, labor, community, and environment criteria.
EARTH University bananas are produced using a combination of techniques
to reduce the impact on the environment, including:
- No use of herbicides. Weed control is manual.
- Use of organic post-harvest fungicide.
- Recycling of organic waste into compost and paper.
- Use of chemicle-free bags to protect fruit in fields.
EARTH pays its full-time farm employees above industry average
wages and benefits. Through students, faculty, and staff EARTH is
engaged - as an integral part of its mission - in a variety of projects
to improve economic, environmental, and social conditions in the
towns surrounding the campus.