| OTHERS 
Many of the bananas we
consume are grown in Ecuador where children work. Companies such as
Chiquita, Del Monte, Dole, Favorita, and Noboa have worked with these
plantations at one time or another. The children are often intoxicated
with pesticides, use tools such as sharp knives and machetes, haul heavy
bundles of bananas, drink unclean water, and are sexually harassed.
When intoxicated by pesticides they get sick with symptoms of red bumps
that itch, a cough, sore bones, vomiting, and weakness. They have no
way of preventing the inhalation of it. Children are only able to use
their shirt or leaves of trees, or banana cartons to protect themselves
when the planes fly over with the pesticides. Ecuador law's are not
helpful in protecting the children so they are often exploited.
Photo from Fields of Hope