As some of you might remember, in late 2010 and early 2011 Australia had a lot of flooding. One of the hardest hit areas was almost all of Queensland in December of 2010. Then, to make matters worse, in February 2011 Cyclone Yasi hit northern Queensland.
These natural disasters put together have had an impact on almost every person living in Australia. How you ask? It turns out most of the bananas grown in Australia are in the area that was hardest hit. For almost a year, Aussies have had very few bananas in our diet. At one point, the price of bananas hit $15 a kilogram! (about $6.80 per pound) Thankfully, the new banana crop is starting to appear on store shelves and we are now able to get them for about $6 per kilo (about $2.70 per pound). The other day I had my first banana in almost a year, and it tasted amazingly good!
This year’s FLL theme “Food Factor” got me thinking about how dependant we are on our food supply. We (most often) go to the grocery story to get our food, they get it from the market and farmers who grow it. When this supply chain is interrupted, as the banana chain has been recently, the consumers (us!) feel the results–namely higher prices and lower quality.
Maybe that’s why Aussies are currently going bananas over bananas.