Growing bananas organically leaves a much smaller footprint on our vulnerable planet than conventional cultivation. You can immediately see this difference when you enter the plantation. To protect the harvest, white plastic bags are used in organic cultivation. The content of this: natural disease fighters such as garlic and chili. In conventional cultivation they are blue bags, containing synthetic chemicals. In conventional cultivation, liquid synthetic fertilizer is used that washes away immediately when it rains – ending up where it shouldn’t be. People try to avoid this by placing stones under the plants. This is not necessary with organic practices, as we use the fallen banana leaves under the banana trees, along with natural fertilizers (biol), in a solid form, to ensure the soil is sufficiently fertile.
The organic plantation sets in motion many ecosystems and is a center of life. How? To combat harmful fungi on the plants, fungi are used that are good for the plant, grown from bacteria and natural raw materials. And because of the use of all natural raw materials, much less nitrogen is released into the air during irrigation. That is good for not only the plants themselves, but also for the ecosystem and the local animals and inhabitants.
We partner with Banamiel, an organization in the Dominican Republic that is 100% locally owned. No crazy antics with large foreign investors taking control from the sidelines, but Banamiel in full control. It is a cooperative, in which the participating plantations collectively manage the day-to-day business of the company. It does not matter how big or how small the plantation is: everyone has their voice. It is the quality that counts.
Social equality and pricing.
Within the organization, diversity and empowerment are also high on the agenda, and successfully achieved. Managerial positions are split 50/50 between men and women and 60% of middle management positions are fulfilled by women – unique to the Dominican Republic. In Bionana’s (BioRey) partnership with Banamiel, the focus is on a fairer price for (small) growers: a continuous process in which far-reaching steps have already been taken.
Bionana’s taste the way bananas should – just as nature intended! Organic bananas grow entirely on the power of mother earth. This might be seen as a slower process compared to conventional cultivation, but don’t worry. The longer it takes for a banana to be ready, the longer they hang on the tree, and in return, the more delicious they taste.
Size does matter.
Some say that size matters, when it comes to produce, a smaller product is packed full of goodness and no excess … for the sake of showing off. So very suitable for everyone, even children, whether you’re looking for a small snack between meals or an energy boost anytime of the day.