The Collateral Damage of Conventional Banana Farming

This article originally appeared at The Elephant Journal on April 21, 2010.

By Robeasto

A local farmer sits on one side of the river to watch over the pile of fresh bananas awaiting pick up via canoe

For me, buying organic has always been about the health benefits and avoiding the dangers of pesticides. I’ve been keen on organic animal products after a short stint of animal rights-based veganism in high school.

Crop Dusting Humans

But the collateral damage of conventional farming never occurred to me until a recent hunt for cacao beans for Ritual Chocolate led me to Costa Rica. Continue reading “The Collateral Damage of Conventional Banana Farming”

Uncanny and Black Revisited

Uncanny and Black was created in 2007 for the purpose of conveying the theme of being overwhelmed by the weight of the uncanny. The word “uncanny” has many definitions, but I followed the idea, from Sigmund Freud’s essay, The “Uncanny,” that it is the “uncertainty whether an object is living or inanimate,” as used in describing E.T.A. Hoffman’s, The Sandman, from the volume Nachtstücken. The uncertainty that arises by giving life to the lifeless black fabric is meant to produce feelings of the uncanny.

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