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A banana exporter explains how prices are influenced by supply and demand. A global surplus of bananas leads to low prices, and lacking alternatives, Ecuadorian producers attempt to increase production in order to remain in business. Large quantities of pesticides are used and workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals. There is a negative effect on the environment.
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8 October 2002

Classroom Ideas

Can be used during modules on economic activity or globalisation. Students should explain the theory of supply and demand. They should outline the dangers associated with the chemicals used in banana production for both people and the environment. Finally they should suggest reasons why primary products lead to greater profits in more developed countries.