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Volume 20 Issue 2 (2013)

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On the Moral Equivalence of Global Commodities:

Placing the Production and Consumption of Organic Bananas                                                                                197-217

Authors: Amy Trauger and Andrew Murphy

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Rapid change and growth in certified organic food sectors has led to the development of export-orientated certified organic food production in developing economies. This lengthening of the supply chain requires the development and implementation of meaningful standards to make the production process in developing countries legible to consumers in developed economies. As an example of the globalization of organic foods and analysis of its corresponding standards, this article discusses the political, cultural and economic context for the supply of and demand for organic bananas in the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom, respectively. We focus on the role of certification schemes that have emerged in response to this global expansion, and suggest that, contrary to consumer expectations, there are political, economic and environmental outcomes that are inconsistent with organic standards.

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International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Published by Michigan State University

Official publication of the Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food (RC-40)
of the International Sociological Association (ISA)

Editors: Raymond Jussaume, Claire Marris and Katerina Psarikidou

Frequency: 3 issues per year 
ISSN: 0798-1759