ERIC Number: EJ726402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
Going Bananas over The Rainforest
Curriculum Review, v45 n1 p9 Sep 2005
With a market of nearly $5 billion a year, the banana is the world's most popular fruit, and the most important food crop after rice, wheat, and maize. Banana businesses are economic pillars in many tropical countries, providing millions of jobs for rural residents. But, for much of its history, the banana industry was notorious for destructive farming practices. In 1991 the Rainforest Alliance, along with partner groups and other stakeholders, established the first standards for responsible banana production. Today, more than 15 percent of all the bananas in international trade come from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. The nonprofit Rainforest Alliance recently added a comprehensive grade 7-8 curriculum to its K-6 offerings. The new lesson plans focus on responsible banana production from certified farms. Courtesy of the alliance, this article presents fun and informative activities for the curriculum that tie into a case study on growing bananas in Honduras.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Class Activities, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Grade 7, Agricultural Production, Agribusiness, Sustainable Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras