Nat and I try to be as good consumers as we can to reduce the environmental impact of our choices and trying, where possible to give a hand as much as we can. None of us is a fundamentalist in the field, but where possible, we make the fairer choice.
A couple of months ago we discovered All good bananas in our local supermarket. Being marketed as NZ's only straight bananas, we bought to give them a try.
These guys have a pretty good concept, sell bananas and ensure the profits reach the producers in equal shares as they reach the middlemen. They took some time to set up the chain, but now it works OK for the producers, for the people that sells them in NZ and I'd say for us as consumers as well.
Contrary to other fairtrade products (coffee and chocolate, for example) these bananas are same or better than the regular philipines or ecuador bananas we buy in our supermarket (fairtrade cofee or chocolate sometimes is not as great tasting) and even better, they are free of agrochemicals.
In terms of pricing, they are not that far off the mainstream bananas ($3.50 for half a dozen vs. $3 for half a dozen) and most of the bunches I've seen don't bring the noughty black banana hidden in the middle.
The arch of the banana seems to be according to the standards provided by the international mathematical union in terms of the progression of the angles. The yellowness complies with NZ standards and the smoothies taste good according to me, so all in all it's a good product.
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