Chiquita puts the banana back in Banana Republic

In Polytricks on January 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

News coming out of Columbia now shows that Chiquita Bananas is being re-investigated for financing paramilitary violence, such as torture and extrajudicial executions to protect its ill-gotten banana profits.  Chiquita was fined $25 million in 2007 for paying millions of dollars in blood-money to a paramilitary organization known as the AUC, which had been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. government.  Now evidence has emerged that Chiquita just saw that as a slap on the wrist and has continued using right-wing terrorist paramilitaries to spread its banana empire.

Turns out that Chiquita scammed a pliant NGO (Rainforest Alliance) into greenwashing the blood all over its bananas.  Chiquita ‘sold’ its Columbian empire to Banadex, but Banadex is owned and operated by Banacol which turns out to be a shell company that supplies all its bananas to Chiquita.  But Chiquita’s scam backfired resulting in yet another criminal investigation by Columbian authorities.  Yet another example of a sociopathic corporation literally paying blood-money to increase profits.




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