Here is some brief conversation with Dr. Doug Graham and Laurie Masters
regarding your inquiry on those bananas. The short answer to your specific
question is "we don't really know". Personally, I trust Dole's "organic"
certification about enough to buy bananas from any other competitor I can
Where did you get that term "sugar spots"? Doesn't make sense to me. Anyway,
hope some of these comments are helpful. Suggest reading from bottom, up.
] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 10:29 PM
Subject: [Raw Food] Dole bananas (green) with sugar spots?
From: Doug Graham [mailto:drdouggrahamuk@...
] Sent: Tuesday, August 07,
2007 2:29 PM
All the big companies do this with their organic crops, to the degree that
they can get away with it. But it is on a very large scale, Laurie, and if
they didn't encircle their organic crops, then the neighbor's crops would
contaminate the organic crops with spray...
On Aug 7, 2007, at 9:59 PM, Laurie Masters wrote:
Tim told me how he remembered seeing Dole's plantation, where, if memory
serves, the "organic" patch of pineapple was INSIDE an outer circle of
non-organic pineapple, where it could receive all manner of chemical runoff
and et cetera. Sounded organic to the letter of the law only and not at all
so in spirit...
<<< NOTE: "Tim" refers to Dr. Tim Trader. E >>>
From: Doug Graham [mailto:drdouggrahamuk@...]
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 2:27 PM
A: I have no reason to think of them as sugar spots. Where does this term
B: Bananas will ripen at different rates due to a variety of conditions,
including but not limited to:
The temperature at which they are shipped
The number of days on the vine before harvesting
The density and duration of ethylene exposure
Especially during each summer season you will notice that bananas seem to
ripen earlier in their color cycle than at other times of year, due to
exposure to heat.
On Aug 7, 2007, at 8:16 PM, Elchanan wrote:
Bill is a long-time associate here in the Bay Area, and I've noticed what he
has with the Dole "organic" bananas. Do you have an idea what may cause the
phenomenon he describes?
From: Bill-Schoolcraft [ <mailto:bill@...>
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 10:30 PM
Subject: Dole bananas (green) with sugar spots?
I have been buying bananas for some time now and was glad to see "DOLE" get
involved with the organic side of things but what on gawds earth are they
doing to the "organic" bananas to enable green bananas start producing brown
-- Redd Foxx
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