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Success! Chiquita Says No To Tar Sands

Success! Chiquita Says No To Tar Sands

Thanks to the efforts of Care2 and Forest Ethics members, Chiquita will eliminate shipping its bananas with fuel from refineries from Canada’s Tar Sands. Along with Dole brands, Chiquita sells more than 27 billion bananas a year, which account for more than 60 percent of the US banana market. Not only is that a lot of bananas; it’s a lot of bananas that have to be transported over 3,000 miles before you buy them.

Chiquita has been using fuel from the controversial Tar Sands, which is located in Northern Alberta and which threatens the health of those who live near the refineries in Alberta and also of those in US communities. US refineries that process Tar Sands are some of the biggest and the dirtiest. Turning Tar Sands into fuel produces excessive toxic water and air pollution as well as forest destruction. The very extraction of Tar Sands “threatens an area of Boreal Forest the size of Maine, sacrificing the long-term value of these forests for the quick burning of oil,” as Care2 blogger Hilary Stamper wrote. Communities in Alberta that are downwind and downstream from the refineries have far higher rates of cancer than average.

That is, fuel from Tar Sands is dirty and even tainted, and the furthest thing from any sort of clean energy. It is also not exactly the sort of fuel you’d like to have delivering your food after traveling miles on miles across the US. As Kate Colarulli of The Sierra Club says on Forest Ethics:

“Tar Sands crude is the dirtiest oil on Earth. The public and a growing number of companies have seen through Big Oil’s lies. Together we are drawing the line and standing firm against this dangerous and destructive oil.”

Two dozen other major companies have also agreed to reduce their use of “controversial fuels” such as those produced by Tar Sands.

Now that Chiquita has done the right thing, it’s time to call on Dole to do the same. You can go to Forest Ethics‘s website and share the Chiquita victory on Dole’s Facebook page and please also sign the petition to tell Dole to just say no to Tar Sands bananas.

 

Related Care2 Coverage

Activists Shut Down Chiquita Bananas Facebook Page

Canadian Government Says Emissions from Tar Sands Could Double

Leaks, Lies Discovered in U.S.-Canada Keystone Pipeline

 

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4:01PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

I will never buy Chiquita ever again. The old tugs they use to drag those bruised bananas to market are polluting the oceans and the air. Chiquita disgusts me almost as much as the mealy mouthed small minded people who support jerkoffs from so-called environmental groups who are ill-informed and usually only in it for money themselves. Pukes -- all of them.

4:01PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

I will never buy Chiquita ever again. The old tugs they use to drag those bruised bananas to market are polluting the oceans and the air. Chiquita disgusts me almost as much as the mealy mouthed small minded people who support jerkoffs from so-called environmental groups who are ill-informed and usually only in it for money themselves. Pukes -- all of them.

7:57PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

thnx for this

7:16AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Good to know, thanks Chiquita.

8:24AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Tar Sands are so dirty and it's all for the $$$$$$ Greedy People!!
Ruin the beautiful Land and animals that live there it goes dow into our water too!
We need this to be clean!they Drink it too but they don't care it makes them the MONEY!
Ruin the environment for theirself for PROFITt!
Glad Chiquita supported this to STOP!

8:06AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

I will now buy Chiquita and not Dole.

5:26PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Seems Chiquita has reversed their position due to an overwhelming boycott of their products by the folks in Canada. Seems that disinformation by the eco terrorists such as you wonderful folks is finally being recognized for what it is...basically lies!

4:53PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Great news! Thanks, Chiquita.

6:46AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

We all have voices and we need to continue to use them. We need to continue to be the voices for the voiceless, forgotten and invisible victims of human arrogance, ignorance and greed.

Chiquita, you did the right thing here.

9:16PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Kristina, great article. Way to go Chiquita!

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