December 20, 2011

Ethical Oil Vs Blood Banana

A CBC poll goes horribly wrong... chiquita_blood_banana.jpg
Posted by Kate at December 20, 2011 12:13 PM

Made my horrible contribution

Posted by: allan at December 20, 2011 12:28 PM

Me, too.

I wonder if the folks at the CBC ever look at the results of these polls and change their miniscule minds about things. I suppose not.

Posted by: Mike in White Rock at December 20, 2011 12:29 PM

I took the position that it would be more effective to contact the retailers.

I am not sure how effective that will be but I received a response from least at the lowest level they are aware.

This probably has more clout than just my silent boycott of Chiquita.....

Posted by: sasquatch at December 20, 2011 12:41 PM

don't worry, they'll come up with 20,000 votes all of a sudden the way their 'bag your face to vote' poll did...once the ecotards start loging in from all over the world like the jihadists did.

Posted by: Bemused at December 20, 2011 12:46 PM

Yes, it's one of the risks of linking CBC polls - they sometimes "discover" thousands of votes.

Posted by: Kate at December 20, 2011 12:53 PM

Better get a move on it!

Posted by: Doug at December 20, 2011 12:54 PM

My Vote is in. It will make the liberal bloggers (Dog, Jackel and BCL et al) look silly as they again have really misunderstood the feelings of Canadian.

Perhaps that is why the NPD are in Quebec and soon to be turfed out too.

According to the G&M - an abandoned "confinement house" was found in nowhere Ontario. Make your own conclusions.


Posted by: The LS from SK at December 20, 2011 12:57 PM

Done. The fools that are against the taroil sands must be against employment and tax money as well.

Wonder how many are beneficiaries of the tax money earned in those oiltar sands?

Posted by: dmorris at December 20, 2011 1:06 PM

Considering all US fruit companies' track records in Central and South America, I'm amazed that they have the face to take this stand.

Posted by: MaxEd at December 20, 2011 1:15 PM

It's typical of the CBC to overlook Chiquita's human rights record and the fines paid and to call the Conservative "attack" on Chiquita as unprecedented. Buying Chiquita bananas as a prop and using our taxpayer funds to do so was a calculated insult.

Posted by: Aviator at December 20, 2011 2:16 PM

I've been to two grocery stores this week and both were offering only Dole bananas.

Posted by: DMAW at December 20, 2011 2:37 PM

I voted yesterday and was sure tempted to vote again.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 20, 2011 2:59 PM

Dec 20 - Dole banana stickers - roll of 500 - $50 obo (Vancouver) sporting goods pic

Posted by: Maikeru at December 20, 2011 3:01 PM

Over 60% against blood bananas

Beetlejuice - Day-o (Banana Boat Song)

Posted by: Revnant Dream at December 20, 2011 3:22 PM

Dole is also part of United Fruit. If you boycott Chiquita they will just change their stickers to Dole and it will have no effect on them.

Posted by: ES at December 20, 2011 3:40 PM

It's so strange. Surely the United Fruit Company is the epitome of the evil, heartless, exploitative hegemonic capitalist enterprise that haunts every lefty nightmare. I mean, undermining democracy over a whole continent - that's no Mom 'n Pop operation. Now they're the lefties' good guys? Surreal, almost.

Posted by: Black Mamba at December 20, 2011 4:19 PM

DelMonte here in northern Alberta.

Posted by: eastern paul at December 20, 2011 4:42 PM

"Dole is also part of United Fruit. If you boycott Chiquita they will just change their stickers to Dole and it will have no effect on them"

That may be so but it's gratifying to know that somewhere hordes of unhappy shareholders are descending on Chiquita's corporate offices while the chairman of the board is on the phone to the C.E.O. demanding to know who is responsible for this debacle. Better yet, the chairman is a little more than curious as to who approved it.

Stupid actions always have consequences and really stupid actions demand severe consequences.

Even if Chiquita publicly declares that they were mistaken and offer apologies (fat chance), the damage has been done. It looks good on them.

Posted by: biffjr. at December 20, 2011 4:42 PM

Old News, New News. Nothing changes!
Bananas are an old complicated commodity and only a terrorist company can survive. Just ask Christopher Columbus.

EU Banana Regime!!!!

Just ask a small Caribbean grower.

Posted by: John Peel at December 20, 2011 4:52 PM

DELMONTE Bananas, folks.

Posted by: Davers6 at December 20, 2011 5:13 PM

I went to two different grocers today. I sought out the produce managers and complimented Save-On Foods for handling only Del Monte bananas - but pointed out they were still selling Fresh Express salads.

Also went to Thrifty Foods who were selling Chiquita - told them why I wouldn't buy them and that their competitors were not selling them either.

Hopefully, every little bit helps.

Posted by: No Guff at December 20, 2011 6:30 PM

No Guff, I did the same thing at our local one horse town groceries store. They were selling Del Monte bananas.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 20, 2011 7:46 PM

And to think that I once felt a bit Sorry for the slobs.

Posted by: OMMAG at December 20, 2011 9:20 PM

I've voted and written to Chiquita Banana to tell them no more Chiquita bananas for me.

I never liked banana bread very much anyway.

Posted by: batb at December 20, 2011 9:53 PM

Dec 21 - Dole banana stickers - roll of 500 - 50¢ obo (Vancouver) sporting goods pic

Posted by: Maikeru at December 21, 2011 1:52 AM

I always was fine with Chiquita, or however you spell it, liked the ads in the '60s. But I do all of the shopping, and they are off the list.

Posted by: tim in vermont at December 21, 2011 8:22 AM

chiquita sees the fall coming...too bad they won't completely disown the ecoparasites


Doubling down on stupid is never a good idea for public relations, but Chiquita thinks it’s a winning idea.

Following sudden and significant blow-back from their clumsy anti-Canadian greenwashing, Chiquita is back-peddling faster than a cartoon character on a, er, banana-skin.

Chiquita has denied that it’s boycotting Canada’s oilsands as a fuel source for shipping its fruit. Instead, the company said it’s just expressing a “preference for fuels with lower than normal greenhouse gas footprints wherever possible.”

“What we have encouraged our transportation carriers to do is to source, where possible, alternative fuels with a lower carbon footprint that have not been derived from refineries that utilize oilsands,” said Chiquita spokesman Ed Lloyd in a statement.

Asked if Chiquita would stop using all oilsands-connected fuel if possible, Lloyd said: “No one has that expectation.”

Unfortunately for Chiquita, their original letter to ForestEthics from Chiquita’s Senior Vice President, Government & International Affairs tells a different story:

Regarding inland transportation services, which represent a drastically smaller consumption, our policy is to reduce the environmental and social impact of all of our products. Accordingly, we are committed to directing our transportation providers to avoid, where possible, fuels from tar sands refineries and to adopt a strategy of continuous improvement towards the elimination of those fuels. We have recently confirmed this policy with our Company’s providers through an RFP process to ensure that this fuel is not being used for ground trucking transportation. Additionally, Fernando Aguirre, Chiquita’s chairman and chief executive officer communicated this directly at our recent annual carrier conference.

Specifically, we commit that for the trucking fleets that Chqiquita owns, as well as those owned by third parties but dedicated to Chiquita’s product supply, we will identify all fuel providers for these owned or dedicated trucking fleets and work with ForestEthics to identify any connections between Chiquita’s fuel providers and Tar Sands refineries toward the goal of eliminating fuel from these providers that is connected with Tar Sands refineries.

Posted by: Bemused at December 21, 2011 9:06 AM

Wow, brand self destruction, and for what? GE has done the same thing. I would rather read by candlelight than buy a GE lightbulb.

Posted by: tim in vermont at December 21, 2011 9:30 AM