March is Equal Exchange Banana Month!

Small Farmers, Big Change
March 2, 2016

Welcome to Equal Exchange Banana Month! We dedicate this month to raising awareness about our fair trade banana supply chain and how this chain transforms our communities on both ends. Wherever you fall within the supply chain, this work is about ownership, having a voice, and connecting to our food.
This March is even more special because it marks our 10th year in the banana trade.To celebrate, we’ll be promoting a new web documentary Beyond the Seal, an intriguing piece that boldly portrays the realities of small-scale banana farming.
This post is the first of a three-part series that digs deep into Beyond the Seal.

What is Beyond the Seal?
We had the great fortune of meeting innovative filmmakers Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa a few years ago when they approached us while making their documentary about the banana business, Beyond the Seal. The documentary is an independent project, but now that it’s complete, the filmmakers are teaming up with Equal Exchange to get the word out!Beyond the Seal is a web documentary divided into 5 chapters.

THIS WEEK: Watch the Introduction and Chapter 1

In the Introduction and Chapter 1, travel to Ecuador, the banana capital of the world, and learn about the true cost of bananas –  the real reason why bananas come from halfway across the world but are half the price of apples. You’ll hear the stories of Javier, an ex-banana plantation worker, and Jimena, a small banana farmer, and uncover the realities of the banana business.
Watch now on beyondtheseal.com – on your computer or your phone!