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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 06:13 PM
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8. They actually tried to outlaw our bananas here in France
we grow non standard bananas all over France (our islands and tropical places anyway). They have excellent short bananas on Runion island. My in laws brought us them for a christmas present as they live there and came to visit us. The EU wanted to outlaw them because, get this, the EU tried to outlaw all fruits and vegetables that did not meet certain criteriea for shape, size, and color. the EU's highest court overturned the ruling in the last month or so. They tried to out law our small bananas. They tried to outlaw our ancient tomatoes, very sweet but brown, or green, or orange, or red, or a swirl of colors. The open air markets still sold the products, and local cops did not stop us from eating as we have for centuries, luckily so. Luckily for us local farmers risked getting busted to grow them. I know someone who got busted, for growing very sweet, excellent tomatoes that were not of uniform size and color. The EU's high court ruled that banning such food was in violation of some charter so their plot to protect corporate uniforty has been foiled for the moment, but what will their next caper be... tune in next time on "the raping of the world" brought to you by capitalist whores around the globe.....
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  -Bananas: A Parable for Our Times (soon will be extinct and here is why) Omaha Steve  Jan-17-09 05:16 PM   #0 
  - Something to "Muse" on  XemaSab   Jan-17-09 05:18 PM   #1 
  - Fortunately, other varieties have survived  Warpy   Jan-17-09 05:44 PM   #2 
  - If growers have any sense, they will start growing hybrids  Lydia Leftcoast   Jan-17-09 05:58 PM   #6 
  - The bananas most of us eat are seedless mutants that are propagated by  struggle4progress   Jan-17-09 07:39 PM   #14 
  - those little bananas  mopinko   Jan-17-09 07:03 PM   #12 
  - I grow four varieties  Mojorabbit   Jan-18-09 01:14 AM   #17 
  - I've bought the same. Farmer's Markets have them  truedelphi   Jan-18-09 11:44 AM   #19 
  - Interesting  underpants   Jan-17-09 05:50 PM   #3 
  - Let me add-this sounds like a stereotypical drug dealer  underpants   Jan-17-09 06:00 PM   #7 
  - The same thing could happen to apples also  Confusious   Jan-17-09 05:56 PM   #4 
  - Not being able to spell is understood around these parts! Welcome to DU! n/t  ColbertWatcher   Jan-17-09 06:32 PM   #10 
  - Not in such a bad shape as bananas  muriel_volestrangler   Jan-17-09 07:09 PM   #13 
  - Another excellent post by Omaha Steve. Really sad, but this is  Mike 03   Jan-17-09 05:58 PM   #5 
  - Sad and shocking.  ColbertWatcher   Jan-17-09 06:29 PM   #9 
  - They actually tried to outlaw our bananas here in France  reggie the dog   Jan-17-09 06:13 PM   #8 
  - We do the same dumbassery over here  charlie   Jan-17-09 08:00 PM   #15 
  - and I've been thinking of changing my user name, too. nt  bananas   Jan-17-09 06:45 PM   #11 
  - There's some very weird parallels between United Fruit and Central America, and Standard Oil and ME  riderinthestorm   Jan-17-09 08:07 PM   #16 
  - They should be nationalised as "eminent domain". That's all nationalisation is.  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Jan-18-09 04:44 PM   #21 
  - The idea behind all of the stories like this - down to GMOs & the Icelandic seed bank  Hannah Bell   Jan-18-09 01:28 AM   #18 
  - The human monoculture that Junior represents  formercia   Jan-18-09 02:14 PM   #20 

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