Moral Infrastructures in the Making of Banana Supply Chains between the Philippines and Japan.
In this presentation, I share my initial reflections on the overlooked distribution networks that course into and branch out of banana supply chains. I divide this into three sections: (a) Toxic Debris, (b) The Limits of “N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium) Mentality,” and (c) Follow the Yellow “Brix” Road. I hope to demonstrate how extra movement into and from the supply chain complicates any clean way of understanding human and environmental costs and benefits of banana trade. Beyond the obvious stakeholders, who (and what) else is paying the price of bananas? What counts as “cost” in the first place?
These preliminary findings are based on 6 months of fieldwork around the multiple banana plantations of Mindanao, representing the first phase of an 18 month-long dissertation project between the Philippines and Japan.