Corporations: The Gringo Company

On paper there is no fruit so appealing to raise as the richest relative of the lily family, the banana. It grows so fast that it goes from bulb to cash crop in twelve months. It is the biggest moneymaker per acre of any crop grown anywhere, and is so popular that U.S. housewives buy more pounds of bananas each year than any other produce item. Yet under its golden peel there are a host of troubles, and in recent years United Fruit Co.—the world's largest banana grower and marketer—has had them all.

Until five years ago. with postwar banana...

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