Banana Farm

STHogan

Brisbane, Australia

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Banana Farm showing a few banana trees with bags over the bunches of bananas and a banana flower.

Canon 20D SLR and a circular polarising filter.

This farm is near Moresby in Far North Queensland, Australia. The reason I chose this farm out of the hundreds of farms in the area was the colour of the bags they put on their bananas. I simply liked the colours they use to bag the bunches.

Banana farms have replaced rainforest since logging was stopped and alternative industry was needed to provide employment in this rural area. I suspect there was also a market for bananas.

My point is that stopping an industry leaves an economic gap in the community that must be filled and the thing that fills the gap may have a more destructive effect on the ecosystem than the original industry. This is a very simplistic arguement and I simply wanted to point out something I have observed. It is enirely possible that if loging had not stopped, the bananas may still have happened and we may have both industries going at the same time. I do know that while logging was happening the local women were working in the ply mill stacking ply. When logging stopped they were unemployed for a while and then they started packing bananas. Now a lot of the banana packing in this area is done by backpackers. I left town and went to university instead of doing either of the abovementioned jobs so I wasn’t personally involved in any of it. I was just an interested observer.

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