Skip to comments.Chiquita Boycott Going Bananas
Posted on 12/18/2011 7:01:48 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball
FORT McMURRAY, Alta. -- A radio ad will hit airwaves across the country this week, continuing the call for Canadians to boycott Chiquita Brands International after its decision to boycott oilsands crude.
The ad, created by EthicalOil.org in response to the Chiquita oilsands boycott announced last week by ForestEthics, calls on Canadians to boycott Chiquita for its decision to rely on conflict oil from some of the worlds most odious regimes.
ForestEthics announced Thursday it was working with the U.S. company to eliminate shipping of Chiquita bananas with fuel from refineries that use the crude.
We wanted to call on all Canadians to boycott Chiquita products, said Kathryn Marshall, blog spokeswoman, explaining the reasoning behind the ad.
We think its important we fight back as Canadians ... and send a strong message.
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney tweeted Saturday night: I gather that Chiquita Bananas has no problem with Iranian oil, but is boycotting Canadian oil. No more Chiquita bananas for me.
A variety of comments condemning the company and condemning the oilsands can be found on the blog site in response to the ad. Marshall acknowledged that not everyone is going to agree, but the point is to get people talking and talking they are.
We get all kinds of people debating on our blog and weve also set up a Boycott Chiquita Facebook group. Theres a ton of debate happening on that wall which is really great and people sort of taking personal boycotts into their own hands, she said, offering three examples from the page....
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Has to be the weirdest thing ever posted to Breaking News.
I’m just curious.
Bananas are .59/lb at my local grocer here in Hoosierland.
How much are they in say...Ottawa or Toronto?
How much does Canadian healthcare hit the costs of food?
Sounds like Obama has a Chiquita in his pocket.
I’ll stick with Bananco or Gorilla’s Choice.
If the Keystone XL pipeline gets built, the ecoweenies will be trying to get other useful idiots like Chiquita to boycott the oil because it is that nasty tar sands oil. Leaves more for me.
When we lived in Canada (late 90’s)....bananas were VERY cheap...like 39 cents/lb
Well.... We have the fruits now, the nuts are next.
Well.... We have the fruits now, the nuts are next.
Not only that, the sailors on those banana ships are wearing underpants made by 12-year-old Vietnamese girls who are only paid 32 cents an hour!
Starting well, how can Chiquita boycott tar sand oil. I don’t think they grow bananas in Canada, well at least not outside. And once they get the bananas to Canada what would they do that needs oil? You know typing Canada and banana can confuse the fingers. Well I guess they could put them in trucks? Does Chiquita have it’s know banana trucks in Canada?
has Hank ever been to Canada to eat a banana?
I understand what they are trying to do, but it’s in vain. This isn’t going to stop Arab oil from being sold. Getting bananas involved is, well, just bananas.
I’m just scratching my head as to why a banana company might be buying crude oil.
Is there also a Chiquita Banana Canada Refinery? I somehow doubt this.
What I don’t doubt is that some kneejerk enviroleftist cooked up this oilsands boycott idea, with no idea that Chiquita Banana had any way of distinguishing refined petroleum products produced from oilsands from any other refined petroleum products.
Meaningless symbolic boycott, meet meaningless drop in the bucket boycott. One can’t move the needle due to impossibility, the other won’t move it much.
The point really isn’t about Arab oil. It’s about punishing Chiquita for boycotting Canadian oil shale. If more and more companies get on that bandwagon....it won’t be good!
Why does Chiquita not like Canadian shale oil? Why does it not realize that any boycott of a fungible item is in vain?
Good questions both.
I’d add, though, that whyile boycotts of a fungible item are in vain overall with respect to cartels, they aren’t with respect to individual competing brands - even if the goods are fungible. So unless Chiquita’s competitors oblige it by private-labelling or some such thing, a boycott could have lots of impact on Chiquita.
This has to be the craziest astro turf campaign I’ve seen in years.
What a complete and utter failure. What type of failed PR marketing exec would greenlight such a ridiculously idiotic astroturf campaign?
Aw gee shucks, I’m feelin good about teh ‘nucks
For standin up an refusin to kowtow
To the eco-wackos over Kyoto
Oh Canada, glorious and free
Standing on guard and Chiquita free!
The idea may sound funny but I’m all for this boycott. Companies pandering to the eco wack jobs as their marketing strategy ought to be made to feel the pain. No more Chiquita, amorosita!
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